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Rapids romp past New England

September 19, 2010 | 4:28 pm No comments
By Mike Martinez
Rapids forward Omar Cummings rockets the ball past Revolution goalie Matt Reis for Colorado's first goal in a 3-0 rout on Saturday night. (Photo by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com.)

Rapids forward Omar Cummings rockets the ball past Revolution goalie Matt Reis for Colorado's first goal in a 3-0 rout on Saturday night. (Photo by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com.)

With the end of the season in sight and playoffs looming, the Rapids have put themselves in perfect position.

Omar Cummings first half finish was enough to give the Rapids all three points against the New England Revolution Saturday night. The win makes it three 3-0 games in a row at home and brings the Rapids that much closer to clinching a playoff birth for the first time in four years. Cummings also extended his goal scoring streak to five games in a row and brings his season tally to 10 goals.

Conor Casey found his way onto the score sheet for his 10th goal of the year as well, in what caoch Gary Smith called his team’s best goal of the year; Casey was given a through ball to finish after the midfield had dismantled the Revs with some gorgeous one-touch combination play.

“I’ve gotta say, it must be the best goal I’ve seen from this group, it was a wonderful build up. The lads have been playing some inspired football,” Smith said.

Adding Up: Casey’s goal ties him with Paul Bravo for most Rapids goals all time with 39.

Homecoming: Colorado native and former Houston Dynamo player, Brian Mullan made his Rapid debut on the night, earning the start and playing the entire game, Smith said he was impressed with his performance.

“He showed us in the first 20 minutes what he’s all about, he made the right decisions and he was a bright spot for us all night,” Smith said.

Early Start: The Rapids went into halftime with a 2-0 lead and came back on the pitch ready to put two more in. Colorado controlled the pace for much of the second half, attacking at will and defending to keep their scoreline unblemished.

Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens didn’t have much to do on the night, but when he was called upon he came up with the saves he has become expected to make. Colorado had many good chances in the second half, Jeff Larentowicz had a blast from 20 out that was pushed wide by Revs GK Matt Reis.

Macoumba Kandji, the former New York Red Bull, made his debut for the Rapids and became an instant threat in the attacking third, but was unable to get his name on the score sheet. Wells Thompson, however, was able to get his name on the score sheet in the 83rd minute after he had beaten Reis near post. Thompson then earned a yellow card for his celebration when he removed his jersey and pounded his chest proudly with the bible verse John 3:16 printed in bold letters on his undershirt.

Real Opportunity: It was certainly a blessed night for the Rapids as they bounced back from a loss to NY and continued thier incredible home record, bringing them to 10-7-7 overall. The Rapids now look to face a solid Real Salt Lake side next week at Rio Tinto Stadium.

“It’s a fierce rivalry that’s being built year after year, and we have something to prove of course, but its going to be some very good football from both sides and we will go in there with a lot of confidence.” Smith said.

Wells Thompson readies to fire past New England's Cory Gibbs for the third goal of the game and Thompson's first of the season on Saturday night. (Photograph by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.com.)

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