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Rapids toss 9-man FC Dallas

May 6, 2012 | 8:47 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Rapids in Colorado punish the unprepared and the undermanned. On Sunday, the Colorado Rapids went on the road and did the same as their namesake white water, knocking off a nine-man FC Dallas squad 2-0.

Jaime Castrillon scored in the 61st minute with a header off a Brian Mullan cross and Martin Rivero netted his first MLS goal with assists from Mullan and Kamani Hill in the 74th minute.

The final score was only so close because of the work of Kevin Hartman protecting the Dallas goal. El Gato was busy all day, and the workload only increased as Daniel Hernandez dissent and a foul into a 34th minute ejection. The always talkative Hernandez was followed two minutes later by Blas Perez. Perez made an ill-advised studs up tackle on defender Drew Moor.

Colorado had already been getting the better of play without the advantage. With a two-man difference in the second half, the result appeared inevitable.

Cummings Hurt: The lone downside in the win was an injury to Omar Cummings. The swift forward caught his left cleat and twisted his ankle on an attack in the 12th minute. Hill came on in relief as Cummings managed to walk to the locker room under his own power.

Time to Heal: With the win, the Rapids returned to .500 at 5-5-0 (15 points). The team also got time to heal as they won’t play again for 10 days until traveling to face D.C. United on May 16. Dallas, lacking Hernandez and Perez due to the automatic one-game suspension following ejections, faces the Seattle Sounders on Wednesday.

Record Breaker: With the clean sheet, Matt Pickens set the career record for shutouts by a Rapids ‘keeper with his 26th. He tied the record held by Joe Cannon in Colorado’s win over Chivas USA eight days earlier.

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