Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Different Day, Same Result

After 72 hours off the Rapids and Galaxy faced off again at the HDC, with the same result. The game itself was a bit different though. Neither side fielded a full-strength lineup, and both teams seemed to sit back for a while. Then int he 36th minute Greg Dalby was sent off for a dangerous tackle and the Rapids were playing a man down. As you can expect it was all hands to the braces as the Rapids weathered onslaught after onslaught from the LA offense. Colorado's defense held firm though and stopped the Galaxy at every opportunity.

Meanwhile on offense, well, there was no offense. After the red card the Rapids didn't have a shot on target until deep into the extra time, where they had two in quick succession. Colorado decided very quickly that the only way they were going to win this game was through penalty kicks and they were successful. In the shootout Cummings, Clark, Ballouchy, and Ihemelu stepped up and slotted their shots home, while Burpo came up huge with not one but twos stops to win the game for Colorado.

The Rapids move on to the final round of qualifying where they will face the winner of the Seattle - FSL game on the 28th. The date and location of the final qualifying game has yet to be determined.

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