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Losing streak halted at 6

August 4, 2012 | 8:29 pm 2
By Shaun Schafer

The Colorado Rapids got a first half goal and then made the lead stand up for the first time in more than a month, bringing to an end a record-tying worst losing streak.

Joseph Nane got the goal, sending a left-footed smash into the roof of the goal in the 38th minute, and the Rapids got the win over rival Real Salt Lake on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

In front of 15,218, the Rapids snapped a six match losing streak in MLS competition and exacted a tiny measure of revenge against Salt Lake. Colorado was blanked 2-0 twice this season on its trips to Sandy, Utah, and had already lost the Rocky Mountain Cup to Salt Lake.

With the win, the Rapids improved to 8-14-1 and now trail Chivas USA by a point for sixth in the Western Conference. Colorado, however, would need to move into fifth place to make the playoffs, and that spot is currently eight points ahead of the Rapids.

Relief: Although it was only one match, the win was the first since Colorado topped Portland 3-0 on June 30.

Record: The victory also moved goalkeeper Matt Pickens past another career mark. Pickens picked up his 40th career win with Colorado, passing Marcus Hahnemman for most career goalkeeper wins in club history. Hahnemann’s mark was established from 1997-1999, and includes six wins via the much-derided shoot out.

Earlier this year Pickens passed Joe Cannon for most career club shutouts and now has 28 all-time clean sheets with the Rapids.

Next Up: The Rapids travel to Frisco, Texas, to face FC Dallas at 7 p.m. on Aug. 11.

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2 Comments »

  • Dave Verbonitz said:

    July was a horrible month.

  • Shaun Schafer said:

    Agreed. It was awful and awful to watch.

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