On a cold afternoon in Minneapolis, the Colorado Rapids break their seven-game losing streak by beating Minnesota United FC 2-0. The Burgundy Boys had plenty of opportunities to score several goals, but at the end of the day a win is a win, especially in a stadium where the home team was 10-4-1.
Just eight minutes into the game, this happened:
Some call it great defending, others call it poor finishing, but what I see is potentially a couple of fouls, starting with a dangerous uppercut. In the end, it was cleared away.
Both teams had opportunities in the first 45, but at the half it was tied up 0-0.
At one point during the first half, Edgar Castillo went down. He managed to make it to halftime, but Deklan Wynne replaced him to start the second half.
In the 51st minute, Darwin Quintero scored to put Minnesota up 1-1, but it was reviewed for a potential offside. It turned out that Quintero wasn’t offside, but another player was and the goal was called back. The Rapids got one in their favor this time.
Ten minutes later, Marlon Hairston brought the ball up and crossed it in to Yannick Boli, who headed it past Minnesota keeper Matt Lampson into the upper 90 for a goal. The Rapids were up 1-0.
Nothing terribly exciting happened for the next 30 minutes, and the referee announced five minutes of stoppage time. In the second minute of stoppage time, Tim Howard got drawn out of the left side of the six-yard box and a ball crossed into Ibson who put it past Axel Sjoberg on the line. It was called back again for Ibson being offside.
The VR took a while, so there were a couple more minutes added on. In 90+7, Lampson got drawn way out of the box and Niki Jackson chipped him to take the team up 2-0 and secure three points.
Right after the goal, Tommy Smith went over in front of the Minnesota sideline and cheered at the crowd. A member of the MNUFC coaching staff pushed him back onto the field. An all-out brawl ensued with the Rapids field players, MNUFC coaching staff, and MNUFC bench players. After it finally got sorted out, Tommy Smith and Harrison Heath both earned reds in 90+14. There are surely more reds coming down for the MNUFC side after the Disciplinary Committee reviews it. I also think it’s the second mass confrontation for Colorado this season.
Smith has played every minute of every game so far this season, but will be out for the Rapids next match vs. San Jose Earthquakes.
Colorado finished the game with a whopping 12 shots on goal (7 on target), and Boli had 4 shots on target himself.