What a night for the Colorado Rapids. Just as many fans were starting to lose hope, the Burgundy Boys roll into Rio Tinto and absolutely destroy Real Salt Lake—in front of a home crowd, too. Not only was it the first win for Rapids EVER in Sandy, but the RMC is coming back to Colorado for the first time since 2015. Even then it was on goal differential, so technically it’s the first outright win since 2013 and fifth ever RMC win for the Rapids in the cup’s 15-year history.
Here’s all you need to know about the first half: The Rapids had six shots, five on target (to RSL’s seven shots, zero on target) and Diego Rubio got a brace in 10 minutes.
In the second half, RSL had a couple of chances in the first two minutes, but Colorado made it 3-0 when Sam Vines scored his very first MLS goal.
But they weren’t done yet. Braian Galvan subbed in for Younes Namli in the 54th minute and scored his first MLS goal just one minute later.
AND THEN RSL midfielder Douglas Martínez was shown a straight red and the Utah side went down to 10 men.
In the 88th minute, Jeremy Kelly connected with Cole Bassett, who got his second goal of the year to make it 5-0 and William Yarbrough got the club’s first clean sheet of 2020.
At the final whistle, it was the best game we’ve seen from the Rapids in a long time. Enjoy it, everyone.