Tonight was big for two reasons: it was Tim Howard’s last home game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park (possibly his last game ever as he’s been dealing with a hamstring injury) and the Colorado Rapids were fighting to squeak into the playoffs. FC Dallas were sitting in 8th place just below the playoff line with 45 points, while the Rapids were in 9th place with 42 points. The Burgundy Boys absolutely needed a win tonight to stay anywhere close to in the running.
But the beginning of the night was all about retiring goalkeeper, Tim Howard. Howard has been dealing with a hamstring injury for awhile now and hadn’t seen the pitch in nearly a month. His last game was on August 29th against the New York Red Bulls in his home state of New Jersey.
The former USMNT star came out to well-deserved cheers from the crowd and a well-done tifo from C38.
Colorado started out a little shaky, turning the ball over multiple times. But just 10 minutes in, Jack Price took matters into his own hands and dribbled the ball straight up the middle. He took a shot about 20 yards out and got it past Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez to put the Rapids up 1-0.
In the 40th minute, the Rapids were awarded a penalty kick when Ryan Hollingshead was called for a handball in the box. Kei Kamara stepped up, but his shot was saved by Gonzalez. In the 4th minute of stoppage time, the Rapids were given another chance with a free kick at the top of the 18. Diego Rubio kicked it straight through the wall and into the back of the net.
Kamara redeemed himself in the second half on a nice through ball from Nicolas Mezquida, who subbed in for Rubio in the 70th minute.
While the goals and playoff storylines made for an exciting match, the retiring GOAT had a solid game of his own tonight with three big saves to keep the clean sheet: