Colorado Rapids Make Their Own Luck in MLS Cup

Colorado Rapids Make Their Own Luck in MLS Cup

words_Nick Engvall

The 2010 MLS Cup didn’t turn out to be the epic cross country battle between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. There was no Landon Donovan, no David Beckham, and no Tierry Henry or Rafa Marquez in Sunday’s championship match. There were however two teams that provided some of the most well matched and entertaining soccer the MLS has seen all season.

FC Dallas was able to get on the scoreboard first behind a goal from the season’s MVP, David Ferreira. Ferreira scored in the 35th minute on a cross from Marvin Chavez, just barely beating the Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens to the ball. With that Dallas took the lead into halftime. Colorado’s Conor Casey tied the match with a goal in the 57th minute, which played a big part in him being named MVP of the match. It wasn’t until overtime that the gridlocked scoreboard would be changed again.

In a play which started with a long pass from Conor Casey, Rapids substitute Macoumba Kandji played the ball towards the goal from the corner. In a seemingly impossible sequence of events, Kandji forced the ball through his defender’s legs and lunged towards the ball lifting the ball towards the goal and keeper Kevin Hartman. Defender George John stepped in between and the ball caromed off his leg, over Hartman and into the net for an own goal. Kandji lie in the ground in pain from a sprain knee which occurred from his efforts, while his teammates gathered around him to celebrate what would ultimately be the game winning goal.

Check out some of the photos from the soccer match below.

David Ferreira celebrates his goal in the adidas F50 adiZero.David Ferreira celebrates his goal in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Jeff Larentowicz wearing the NikeJeff Larentowicz wearing the Nike CTR 360.

Kosuke Kimura wearing the PUMA V1.10.Kosuke Kimura wearing the PUMA V1.10.

Macoumba Kandji after scoring in the adidas F50 adiZero.Macoumba Kandji after scoring in the adidas F50 adiZero.

Ugo Ihemelu in the Nike Total 90 Laser III and Dax Mccarty in the adidas Predator X.Ugo Ihemelu in the Nike Total 90 Laser III and Dax McCarty in the adidas Predator X.

A closer look at Match MVP Conor Casey's adidas adiPure III.A closer look at Match MVP Conor Casey’s adidas adiPure III.

The Colorado Rapids celebrate winning the 2010 MLS Cup.The Colorado Rapids celebrate winning the 2010 MLS Cup.

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Colorado Rapids Make Their Own Luck in MLS Cup

Soccer Watch: MLS Cup 2010 Edition

words_Nick Engvall

In the United States the sport of soccer seems to come up against some consistent road bumps on its journey to main stream popularity. However, if you’ve seen or attended any of the recent Major League Soccer matches, then you would probably agree it’s pretty easy to get hooked into the excitement that the players and more importantly their fans bring to each and every match.

This weekend FC Dallas surprised MLS fans by beating the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-0, sending superstar David Beckham and 2010 MLS Golden Boot winner Landon Donovan home for an early winter break. FC was led by midfielder David Ferreira as they have been all season. Ferreira scored in the 25th minute and that’s really all FC Dallas needed to clinch the Western Conference Title.

In the Eastern Conference, after upsetting the New York Red Bulls, the San Jose Earthquake took on the Colorado Rapids. The Rapids proved to be to tough on the defensive side for San Jose, shutting down their offense almost completely. Kosuke Kimura of Colorado scored just before the half in Saturday’s game to seal the victory for the Rapids.

The deciding match for the MLS Cup 2010 will take place Sunday evening on ESPN.

Anthony Wallace of FC Dallas elevates for a header wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.Anthony Wallace of FC Dallas elevates for a header wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.

Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake wearing the Nike Tiempo Classic.Kyle Beckerman of Real Salt Lake wearing the Nike Tiempo Classic.

Geovanni of San Jose controls the ball wearing the adidas adiPure III.Geovanni of San Jose controls the ball wearing the adidas adiPure III.

Omar Cummings shoots wearing the PUMA Omar Cummings shoots wearing the PUMAV5.10.

Brandon McDonald defeated in the Nike Total 90 Laser III.Brandon McDonald defeated in the Nike Total 90 Laser III.

Landon Donovan in the Nike CTR360 Maestri leaps over Marvin ChavezLandon Donovan in the Nike CTR360 Maestri leaps over Marvin Chavez in the adidas F50 adiZero.

David Beckham looking defeated in the adidas Predator X.David Beckham looking defeated in the adidas Predator X.

Kosuke Kimura of the Colorado Rapids celebrates the Eastern Conference tile.Kosuke Kimura of the Colorado Rapids celebrates the Eastern Conference tile.