The Colorado Rapids had a lot of hope going into the match tonight against Real Salt Lake. They haven’t won in Rio Tinto Stadium (ever), but only needed two goals to bring the Rocky Mountain Cup back to the Centennial State, and the offense has been playing well. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be.
The game was scoreless after the first 45 minutes, even though the Rapids dominated the first half, putting continued pressure on RSL and getting four shots on target (15 shots total).
Andre Shinyashiki was working Brooks Lennon in the first half. Shinyashiki and Diego Rubio had a chance in the 18th-19th minute, but Nick Rimando came up with a nice save to keep the scoreline at nil-nil:
Salt Lake can thank Rimando for having the game of his life and making save after save, including this (honestly pretty impressive) sequence:
HOW? WHAT!?!? Somehow still scoreless in Salt Lake. pic.twitter.com/35eHQmB8nm— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) August 25, 2019
Real Salt Lake seemed to have a bit more control in the second half and there was more for Tim Howard to do with the other side’s six shots on target, but overall, the game still wasn’t that exciting. The Rapids first (and only) sub was Nicolas Mezquida for Diego Rubio in the 76th minute.
Kellyn Acosta was shown a yellow card in the 80th minute, which means he’ll miss next week against the New York Red Bulls due to yellow card accumulation. In the 87th minute, Lalas Abubakar also got a yellow card and will also miss the game next week due to accumulation. In the 88th minute, Kei Kamara went flying in, studs up, towards Lennon’s thigh and got sent off (there was no contact). This means Kamara will miss next week.
Based on the way Ted Unkel was refereeing, Lennon should’ve seen a second yellow early in the second half and shouldn’t have even been on the pitch. But PRO gonna PRO.
RSL had a goal called back in stoppage time due to the player being offside, but a minute later, a handball was called on Abubakar in the box. Joao Plata stepped up and even though Howard guessed correctly, the Ecuadorian put it in the back of the net.
Jefferson Savarino added another in the 9th minute of stoppage time for a final score of 2-0.