On an extremely soggy pitch in Houston in a match that was delayed by rain for more than two hours, the Colorado Rapids lost to the Houston Dynamo, 1-0. They are now out of the U.S. Open Cup. The Rapids will sure rue all the missed opportunities in this match. They should have scored 3-4 goals.
The Houston Dynamo got on the board late in the first half when Dynamo Mauro Manotas headed home the cross. It started out when Joseph Greenspan tried to clear it but turned it over and It came right back in. Greenspan was forced wide to cover the ball and the space he left is where the cross went to.
Right after the goal the Rapids came back and almost equalized when Marlon Hairston made a good run and got in along on goal. He shot it through the Dynamo's Joe Willis' legs but it was deflected enough to go off the post.
In the second half, the Rapids certainly had their chances. Jared Watts got on the end of a Vicente Sanchez free kick and headed it off the post. Sanchez then got on the end of a beautiful Charles Eloundou cross and headed it wide. Next Kevin Doyle got in alone and though a little wide, put his shot through goal and wide of the mark. Sanchez even put a ball over the net from inside the six on another Eloundou cross.
Making his second U.S. Open Cup start, Zac MacMath kept the Rapids in it in the first half making two huge saves on shots from the edge of the six yard box. He came up big in the second half when he made a point-blank save to keep the Rapids in this match.
The Houston Dynamo move on to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Cup and will take on either Sporting KC or FC Dallas.
The Rapids next match is on July 4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park when they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps at 7 p.m.