The Rapids outshot the home side, 14-7, were expected to score 0.5 more goals, but the Texans won.
A long shot that was poorly judged and a bad clearance all in the span of five-game minutes killed the Rapids, ending their unbeaten streak at four matches.
In his second start of the year, Max made an appearance seven minutes in, missing a right-footed shot from the middle of the box. The hammered ball went high after Diego Rubio beautifully set up the young forward on the rush.
The chance set the tone, and Colorado kept the pressure on Dallas for the entire first half, shooting seven times and getting three on goal.
A half-hour into the match, Rubio finally converted. Getting a great ball in the box off of a touch from Michael Barrios, who directed a long ball.
The Rapids should have gone to the break with their biggest concern being three players on yellow cards. But Dallas leveled on their first shot, a 40-yard prayer from Brandon Servania that beat William Yarbrough high. At first, Yarbrough may have moved in the wrong direction, but the chance was completely without pressure as Colorado sunk back. It was one of the strongest periods of play for Colorado so far in the young year.
The Rapids finished the first with an expected goals of 1.1 to FC Dallas’ 0.02.
Moments into the second half, Yarbrough was forced to make another awkward save on a long Servania shot. Yarbrough read it to his right but then, at the last second, kicked out his left boot to stop it.
Four minutes later, a poor clearance from Rubio ended up in the middle of the field. The loose ball was played to Marco Farfan, who got to the edge of the box then passed to Jesús Ferreira, who spun around and booted it past Yarbrough for the lead.
Dallas got another chance right away off a deflected ball, but it caught post. The Rapids responded with several shots in succession, the best of which Rubio’ right-footed shot from the middle of the box missed left off a great cross from Keegan Rosenberry. Rubio caught a lot of contact and may have been taken down before getting to the ball.
And then, about 10 minutes later, Rosenberry was fed from Rubio, but the wingback’s left-footed shot clanked woodwork. The play came the other way, where a cute Yarbrough play almost resulted in a third Dallas goal. Another odd play for the Mexican-American veteran.
The Rapids generated a flurry again, even getting a free-kick from just above the box in the 80th minute. Rubio couldn’t find net and then subbed off.
Dallas put it away with a third goal before the death. The-all-ahead-Rapids allowed a break back the other way. Danny Wilson missed breaking up a pass. Ferreira scored his brace, beating a hard-charging Yarbrough, who stood no real shot.
Colorado is on the road again next Saturday, facing the Loons in the Twin Cities.