The Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City got together for the first of three MLS matches in 2016 tonight at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. For the Rapids it was the end of a quick two game road trip and for Sporting it is a return home after a trip to New Jersey.
The first half, and if I am being honest, was remarkably boring. The two teams played like they were scared of one another and passed the ball around a lot with neither team really having any clear cut chances until the 41st minute when the Rapids drew first blood. The Rapids were putting pressure in the Sporting end when a pinpoint pass from Marco Pappa found the foot of Luis Solignac who buried it in the back of the net.
The second half however was a different story. Sporting pressed and pressed and pressed to try and find that equalizer and they finally found it in the 77th minute. Dom Dwyer was set up and he ripped his shot leaving Zac MacMath with no shot. It was 1-1 at that point and then the craziest thing happen:
The Rapids scored again.
Read that again, the Rapids scored a second goal for the first time in 2016
Shkelzen Gashi picked up his first goal of the year and that was enough to see the Rapids claim a massive win and bring their record to 3-2-1 (10 points)
33rd Min: BOOKING--Colorado Rapids Midfielder Marco Pappa is shown the Yellow Card
41st Min: GOAL--Colorado Rapids Forward Luis Solignac with the goal (Pappa Assist)
51st Min: BOOKING--Sporting Kansas City Forward Diego Rubio is shown the Yellow Card
57th Min: BOOKING--Colorado Rapids Defender Dillon Serna is shown the Yellow Card
62nd Min: BOOKING--Colorado Rapids Defender Marc Burch is shown the Yellow Card
77th Min: GOAL--Sporting Kansas City Forward Dom Dwyer with the goal
82nd Min: GOAL--Colorado Rapids Midfielder Shkelzen Gashi with the goal
Colorado Rapids Starting XI:
Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Eric Miller, Bobby Burling, Dillon Serna, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi (Conor Doyle, 88'), Marco Pappa (Mekeil Williams, 69'), Dominique Badji, Luis Solignac
Sporting Kansas City Starting XI:
Tim Melia, Amadou Dia, Ike Opara, Nuno Coelho, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Roger Espinoza, Lawrence Olum (Brad Davis, 72'), Jordi Quintilla (Benny Feilhaber, 46'), Graham Zusi, Diego Rubio (Dom Dwyer, 57'), Connor Hallisey
The Rapids are back in action this Saturday against New York Red Bulls at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Kick-off is set for 7:00 PM MDT.