Commerce City, CO (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids will aim to extend
their unbeaten run in league play to six straight matches on Saturday when the
club battles FC Dallas at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Colorado got off to a poor start this season, but have turned it around to
occupy the final playoff position in the Western Conference with 19 points,
despite a myriad of injuries to key players.
In their last league match against Chivas USA at DSG Park, the Rapids cruised
to a comfortable 2-0 victory over the Goats.
Colorado got off the mark quickly when Atiba Harris opened the scoring 11
minutes in and Nate Sturgis put the result away with a goal in the 80th
"We're happy with the result. We're happy with the performance," Rapids head
coach Oscar Pareja said. "The people came to see the boys, and getting them
what they wanted with the three points and a good performance."
Three days later, the Rapids squared off with Orlando City SC in U.S. Open Cup
play and were knocked out of the tournament after suffering a 3-1 loss.
Bryan Burke struck first for Orlando four minutes in, but Kamani Hill
equalized for Colorado in the 18th minute. However, Dom Dwyer scored in the
48th and 63rd minutes to secure Orlando's first-ever win over an MLS side.
FC Dallas, meanwhile, maintained its place at the top of the Western
Conference table after pulling out a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes at
FC Dallas Stadium last Saturday.
The teams battled in midfield and neither created a meaningful chance through
the half-hour mark, but the home side finally found a breakthrough in the 33rd
minute when Walker Zimmerman sent a ball up the flank to David Ferreira, who
ball 40 yards up field before passing to forward Fabian Castillo.
Castillo then did the rest as he curled a well-struck shot past San Jose
goalkeeper Jon Busch and into the bottom left corner for the only goal of the
"It was important that the guys defended to the end, as we had to defend to
get a result. I was nervous when they were pressing late in the second half
but now that we accomplished what we set out to do," Castillo said. "Let's not
think about it anymore because the important thing is we won."
FCD extended their home undefeated streak to 12 games, matching the longest in
club history, set June 9, 2009-May 8, 2010.
FC Dallas then took care of business on Tuesday in the third round of the U.S.
Open Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.
Blas Perez and Matt Hedges provided the offense as FCD moves on to face
Houston Dynamo in the next round of the competition.
The clubs have already met once this season with FC Dallas hanging on for a
1-0 victory at FC Dallas Stadium when Jackson was able to capitalize on a
Colorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus's error to score the game's lone goal.
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