The Burgundy Boys got the lead early when Lalas Abubakar found the back of the net off a corner from Jack Price in the 5th minute of the game. (It was Price’s 26th career assist for the club, tying him for 5th-most in Rapids history.)
As first-half stoppage time was winding down, Houston was awarded a penalty after Michael Barrios took out Maynor Figueroa from behind. Fafa Picault steps up for the shot and ties it up 1-1 going into half-time.
Houston were nearly awarded a second penalty in the beginning of the second half, but VAR decided that Maxi Urruti was offside.
In the 60th minute, Mark-Anthony Kaye earned his first assist in burgundy and Barrios made up for his earlier foul by scoring a goal of his own to put Colorado up 2-1.
Colorado wasn’t done yet, with Braian Galvan blasting in another in the 80th minute.
There was a minimum of six minutes of stoppage time in the second half, but the game was paused at 90+4’ due to the crowd chanting a homophobic slur. A stadium announcement was made, and play continued in 90+6’.
The Rapids had multiple shots ricochet off the posts and the Burgundy Boys could have easily scored 5-6 goals, but at the final whistle (at 90+10’) Colorado secured a solid 3-1 victory.
The two sides will face each other one more time this season on October 31 at BBVA Stadium.