The Colorado Rapids started strong against the Vancouver Whitecaps, earning a corner kick and getting a shot within the first minute of the game, but in the end the Whitecaps earned their first road win of the year and the Rapids are still winless.
In the 16th minute, Sebastian Anderson crossed a ball in to Kei Kamara who got a head on it, but it went over the crossbar. Vancouver ran down the other end and Axel Sjoberg stepped for the pass, but missed it. There was no coverage behind Axel, so this allowed Fredy Montero to get in behind and get a 1v1 with Tim Howard. Montero easily kicked it past Howard on the ground to put his team up 1-0.
Ten minutes later, Montero got the ball again just outside the 18-yard-box on the left side after Sjoberg slid and missed it. Montero crossed it through the 6-yard-box past Howard to the oncoming Lucas Venuto. 2-0 Vancouver.
In the 37th minute, Kellyn Acosta drew a foul from Montero that resulted in a penalty kick. Kamara stepped up, scored the goal, and got the ‘Pids on the board. The score stuck at 2-1 going into half-time.
Just a couple of minutes into the second half, Sjoberg drew a foul in the box and—after a lengthy video review—another penalty kick was awarded to the Burgundy Boys.
Kamara stepped to the spot again and tied it up at two goals each. He now has seven goals this season.
In the 77th minute, Doneil Henry fouled Diego Rubio, appearing to hit him in the face. As the medical team was coming onto the pitch, a scuffle broke out and Rubio was shown a red for swinging at Henry. The Rapids went down to 10 men and Vancouver immediately scored. After another lengthy video review, the goal was called back.
A few minutes later, Vancouver midfielder Andy Rose took a shot from inside the box. Sjoberg tried to step in front of it but missed. Howard got a hand on the ball but it still hit the back of the net for the Whitecaps’ third goal of the night.
The Rapids had some great moments of build-up and put the ball in dangerous spots throughout the second half, but it wasn’t enough for another goal. Colorado’s losing streak is up to seven games and they will be home next weekend to take on Real Salt Lake.