It wasn’t a “must-win” game for the Colorado Rapids but as the top spots in the Western Conference tighten, the Burgundy Boys need as many points as they can get. And tonight at Allianz Field, a 10-man Rapids side came back and beat Minnesota United FC 3-1.
The first half was slow and Colorado went down early in the 8th minute. Minnesota’s Adrien Honou took a shot that went through both Danny Wilson and Auston Trusty’s legs, blocking William Yarbrough’s view and landing in the back of the net.
The Rapids struggled to get anything going and then had several great shots in the last 15-ish minutes of the game: Younes Namli had two shots in the 26th minute (one was barely off-frame while the other was saved by Minnesota goalkeeper Tyler Miller, Collen Warner blasted a shot in the 30th minute, then Namli tried again in the 43rd and Jack Price had a knuckling shot in the 43rd minute that Miller also saved.
In the 57th minute, Wilson was shown a red for dragging down Honou and the Rapid went down to 10 men. Watch the foul here.
According to our friends at E Pluribus Loonum, Minnesota haven’t done so well when up a man this season, and that trend continued today.
After a video review, the referee determined that Miller took out Michael Barrios and awarded the Rapids a penalty kick. Cole Bassett stepped up and easily put it away, tying things up a 1-1.
Things went downhill for Minnesota very quickly from there. Just about 10 minutes later, Barrios gets his goal to give the visitors the lead.
And finally, Lucas Esteves adds an easy third (and his first MLS goal) in stoppage time to give the good guys all three points.
The win gives 51 points on the season and puts Colorado within one point of second place Sporting Kansas City.