The Colorado Rapids saw FC Dallas for the second time already in this young MLS season Saturday night as both teams donned the Primeblue adidas kits in partnership with Parley for ocean awareness. The Rapids were forced into two changes to the usual lineup, with Younes Namli still out injured and Kellyn Acosta away with the USMNT. Nicolas Mezquida and Jonathan Lewis stepped in as “next man up.”
It was FC Dallas on the front foot in the early minutes as they were able to put plenty of balls into forward positions of the Rapids penalty area; however, the chances were wasted for the most part. Colorado came alive in the 13th minute as Jack Price won a stray ball in midfield of Dallas’ third. He calmly found Keegan Rosenberry moving up the right side, where the defender laced a beauty past Jimmy Maurer inside the far left post and the important opener.
As things were looking at settling in from both sides, Diego Rubio held off a defender and hammered a shot off the far right post in the 25th minute to almost double Colorado’s advantage.
Another golden chance for Colorado came in the 37th minute as Lewis volleyed a ball softly from the left to Mezquida coming down the middle. Nico chested it down, looked to get a little clip from behind, and went down in the box but no initial call. However, the VAR saw the offense and the Rapids were given their just PK. Rubio, however, couldn’t seal the deal when his spot kick to the right was stuffed by Maurer for a CK.
In a weird second chance though, Auston Trusty grabbed a loose thru-ball on the left, hammered a shot to goal, which may have been tipped away by Maurer but directly off Tanner Tessmann for the 2-0 lead just before halftime.
A nervy start to the second frame for Colorado as Dallas made an early dangerous run into the box with Danny Wilson hanging on, however the point-blank shot clanked off the crossbar for a harmless corner kick. More quick action by William Yarbrough was needed in the 53rd minute as he was forced into a sprawling dive to his left on Franco Jara to keep the clean sheet for Colorado.
That seemed to wake the Rapids up a bit as possession turned in their favor and the play became a little chippy by both sides. Michael Barrios found Rubio at the far post with a beautifully weighted cross but the shot was blocked by a defender point-blank.
In the 70th minute, Barrios lit the crowd up after gorgeous 1v1 effort of the left side shaking his defender and blistering a shot upper far 90 for the definitive 3-0 lead.
A really nice effort on both sides of the ball for Colorado all match long paid off with the win. Moving the ball well in possession the second 45 minutes, along with a solid night by the back four plus Price really playing well recovering and helping each other along with Yarbrough, for the clean sheet.