While the stats indicate that Sporting Kansas City dominated the Colorado Rapids for pretty much all 90+ minutes, the only stat that really matters came out in our favor. Thanks to stellar service from Shkelzen Gashi, the Rapids most dangerous opportunities (and only goal) came off of set pieces. It wasn’t pretty, but sending Peter Vermes and company home with zero points in a game they thought they should have won feels pretty sweet.
And a huge KUDOS to homegrown rookie Kortne Ford for his first MLS goal!
The Rapids are still in last place in the Western Conference with a 3-8-1 record and 10 points.
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Final Score: Colorado Rapids 1 - Sporting Kansas City 0
Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistants: Cameron Blanchard, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
11’ - COL - Kortne Ford (Shkelzen Gashi)
19’ - COL: Bobby Burling (unsporting behavior)
22’ - COL: Eric Miller (unsporting behavior)
41’ - SKC: Roger Espinoza (unsporting behavior)
86’ - COL: Tim Howard (time wasting)
89’ - COL: Kevin Doyle (unsporting behavior)
90’ + 3’ - SKC: Roger Espinoza (second unsporting behavior/ejection)
LINEUPS & STATS
Colorado: Tim Howard; Marlon Hairston (Mekeil Williams 86’), Bobby Burling, Kortne Ford, Eric Miller (Mike da Fonte HT); Mohammed Saeid (Joshua Gatt 76’), Micheal Azira, Dillon Powers, Shkëlzen Gashi; Dominique Badji, Kevin Doyle
Substitutes not used: Zac MacMath, Sam Hamilton, Dillon Serna, Alan Gordon
Total shots: 6
Shots on goal: 3
Passing Accuracy: 60%
Kansas City: Tim Melia; Graham Zusi, Ike Opara, Matt Besler, Seth Sinovic; Ilie Sanchez, Roger Espinoza, Jimmy Medranda (Soony Saad 74’), Benny Feilhaber, Gerso Fernandez; Latif Blessing
Substitutes not used: Andrew Dykstra, Igor Juliao, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Soni Mustivar, Cameron Porter, Daniel Salloi
Total shots: 25
Shots on goal: 2
Passing Accuracy: 87%
“We’ve been ahead at home quite a few times to give up the lead, we’ve lost the last two games and we talked about making this place a fortress. I think a lot of people forget how that started – it was with gritty defending.”
“They’re a top team and they’re up there for a reason – tough to break down and tough to keep out. A night like tonight, it feels good and like I said, football is funny. It gives opportunities and we took ours tonight.”
“We obviously had a game plan in that we were going to fight and get a result. We didn’t know how it was going to look but we had to get it. I was just happy that I put that one away and happy that I could do that for the team but more importantly, that was for my mom.”