Today was surely bittersweet for Niki Jackson. He scored his first professional goal about a minute after coming off the bench to tie the game and get his name attached to the Colorado Rapids’ 900th goal. “It’s awesome,” Jackson said after the game. “My debut in the MLS, getting my first goal—unfortunately we came out with a loss. But still, it was a great moment for me and my career with my first goal in the MLS. It’s definitely something I’m not going to forget.”
Unfortunately, Jackson was also responsible for the foul that gave the New England Revolution a free kick just outside the 18-yard-box. Defender Chris Tierney stepped up and the shot deflected off of Dominique Badji for a 93rd-minute game-winner.
The first half was relatively uneventful, and then the Revs got on the board first just three minutes into the second half. A few minutes later, McBean went down in the box and the referee called a penalty. Jack Price lined up and the shot was saved by Revs goalkeeper Matt Turner. Price got to the rebound and had an open net in front of him, yet he popped it over the net.
At the end of 90 minutes, it seemed like each side was going away with a point. Until the aforementioned foul happened, Tierney put it in the back of the net, and the Revs stole two points from the Burgundy Boys.
After the match, Rapids Head Coach Anthony Hudson said “I think when you lose a game in the last kick like that we’re of course—myself, the players—we’re all incredibly disappointed. It’s probably the worst possible way to lose at the end. But, look, overall this is an incredibly tough place to come,” he continued. “We know last year they had a great home record and [it’s positive] for us to get back in the game in difficult conditions, difficult scenario, back in the game, score a great goal, and play well. We didn’t really look under pressure for the most part of the game. There was a lot to build on there. I was proud of the players.”