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Dallas drubs Rapids 3-0

April 8, 2011 | 8:09 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

No Casey. No Mastroeni. No mas.

This was the story from Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, Friday night as the Colorado Rapids suffered a humbling loss to FC Dallas 3-0. The Rapids went into the game without Conor Casey, missing for two to four weeks with a hamstring injury, and without team Captain Pablo Mastroeni.

They were each missed as the Rapids misfired in attack and Dallas controlled much of the action. Dallas, which fell to the Rapids in extra time when the two teams met for the 2010 MLS Cup, made no mistakes this time. Former Rapids defender Ugo Ihemelu latched on to a putback after a corner kick and put Dallas ahead in the 26th minute.

David Ferreira doubled the lead in the 40th minute when he collected a perfectly weighted pass from Fabian Castillo and chipped ‘keeper Matt Pickens. Ferreira struck again in the opening moments of the second half. This time, Eric Avila broke into the box and drilled the ball across the front of the goal where Ferreira tapped it home.

While the rout was now on, Ferreira at least refrained from pulling a pacifier out of his shorts as he had done on the first goal. Instead, he pantomimed rocking a baby. After his earlier goal celebration, it was a surprisingly subdued encore.

From there, the game dissolved into frustration for the Rapids and waiting for the first win of the season for FC Dallas.

Yellow Alert: Caleb Folan, Anthony Wallace, Omar Cummings and Drew Moor each picked up yellow cards during the game.

Into the Fire: Sanna Nyassi got his first start of the season before being replaced by Brian Mullan on the wing at halftime. Joseph Nane got his first minutes of the season, starting in place of Mastroeni. Tyrone Marshall also got into the game as he replaced Wallace in the 63rd minute.

For the game, Nyassi was ineffective and two of the three Dallas goals came down the middle of the defense.

For the Record: Colorado, off to its best start ever, fell to 3-1-0 with the loss. Dallas got its first win of the season to move to 1-3-0. Dallas had scored only one goal prior to Friday.

Next Up: The Rapids get little time to sulk. The team travels to Salt Lake to take on Real on Wednesday.

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