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Wolyniec, Red Bulls bounce Rapids

May 27, 2010 | 12:27 pm 1
By Shaun Schafer

Editor’s Note: Forgive the tardiness of this post. After last night’s result, I was in no hurry to share the news.

Behind a brace from John Wolyniec, the New York Red Bulls shot past the Colorado Rapids 3-0 and into the main draw of the U.S. Open Cup. With the win, the Red Bulls advanced to the third round where the team will face an opponent to be determined later this summer.

The loss at Red Bulls Arena knocked the Rapids out of the cup play-in for the third year in a row.

Wolyniec scored in the 11th and 43rd minutes for the hosts. Conor Chinn finished the scoring in the 56th minute, putting the third goal past ‘keeper Ian Joyce.

Lineup: The Rapids, who hadn’t played a game since beating D.C. United 1-0 on May 15, fielded a mix of regulars and reserves. Joyce got his first action in goal. Quincy Amarikwa started up top, and Ross LaBauex, Colin Clark and Carlos Lopez were in the midfield. Jeff Larentowicz and Wells Thompson filled their regular slots in the middle. 

The backline was filled with Marvell Wynne, Julien Baudet, Drew Moor and Danny Earls. Michael Holody came on for Baudet in the 53rd minute. Earls was ejected for a late tackle in the 86th minute.

Mehdi Ballouchy, Omar Cummings and Andre Akpan all came off the bench in the second half.

Remember This: If the Rapids swoon in the final third of the season, as the team did in 2009, remember that the squad has few outside excuses. Other than the MLS season in front of the squad, there is nothing else to play for in 2010. There’s no SuperLiga, no relegation and, now, no U.S. Cup.

Seattle Next: The quick turnaround may explain the mixed bag lineup on Wednesday. The Rapids return home to face the Seattle Sounders at 7 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. After that, it’s Columbus Crew at DSG Park on June 5.

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  • george tanner said:

    disgusting. this tournament should be a priority for this team. the fans want a trophy. the franchise needs a trophy in its case and on the cover of its media guide. the rapids need something more to be proud of than one trip to the mls cup final under the first coach in team history.

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