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Colorado Rapids Wins Wacky Group Match, While FC Dallas Makes History in Mexico


When you saw the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas in last season’s MLS Cup Final, you thought it was going to be a boring final. But to be fair it was a very good final that sadly never had the star power it could’ve had if the Galaxy or the Red Bulls would’ve faced each other.

But as two rookies in the CONCACAF Champions League that finally got their chance in international club competition, you never thought you would see a crazy first half and all of a sudden history would be made on the same night.

Let’s head over to Colorado where the Rapids were facing Salvadorian side Isidro Metepan and the crazy first half I was talking about. Drew Moor has to be the luckiest player on the Rapids starting eleven as he caused an early mistake by bringing down Allan Kardeck in the second minute and was booked.

Kardeck did convert the penalty in the second minute yet while it looked like Moor got an easy out with the yellow card. He nearly put his side down a man but somehow got a lucky break. Being down a goal he was defending Christian Bautista and all of a sudden Bautista fell down in the 36th minute.

You could tell he was penalty hunting and trying to draw a second on Moor, but afterwards there was a horrible moment as Moor stomped on the right leg of Bautista and the referee pointed to the spot for a second penalty. The strange thing though was that no red card came out for Moor and when the action was being replayed the penalty was wiped out as the ref thought they were in an offside position.

A great goal came in the 25th minute from the brother of Liverpool forward and Uruguayan international Luis Suarez as Paolo Suarez caught Matt Pickens way off his line after he got taken out. Pickens tried to continue the play, but Suarez intercepted the ball and chipped the ball in.

Macoumba Kandji finally returned from his long and lengthy knee injury after winning last year’s MLS Cup. He got the Rapids back in the match with a brace, by scoring a great leaping header in the sixteenth minute from a great cross by Scott Palguta. His second came in the last minute of regulation in the first half. It was a weak attempt from the cross, but it had enough to cross the entire goal line.

Kandji became a helper in the beginning of the second half as he found an unmarked Andre Akpan in the area and the match winner was scored in the 50th minute to cement the victory. Metepan was down to ten men as Allan Kardeck was sent off on a straight red in the 41st minute.

From the mountains of Colorado to the history making moment down in Mexico City, as FC Dallas did the impossible. After twenty-five attempts to earn the full three points either in international club competition or in World Cup qualifying, a first division American side finally made history.

The only goal of the match in the 66th minute was a long distance rip by Jair Benitez that nailed the near post, only to have Martin Chavez convert the rebound. The hope and dream came true as UNAM Pumas put out a young side and became the first team to allow a MLS team to grab a win on Mexican soil.

From the wild and wacky to the trumpets sounding victory in a country that has been difficult to break through and secure a legitimate win, this victory by FC Dallas is feeling pretty good for Major League Soccer and the US.

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  1. Kevin

    August 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    MLS 5-0? Looking a lot better than stupid USL/NASL? Kartik Krishnaiyer is rolling over in his grave. Whatever happened to that guy?

    • X

      August 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      He got hired by the Quik E Mart.

  2. SSReporters

    August 18, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    This will be the year MLS wins a CONCACAF Champions League title.

    I think Dallas will win it all.

    • X

      August 19, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      wanna put money on that?

      • Charles

        August 20, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        I am not going to bet on basically a 50-50 prop, but I agree with SSReporters. Slightly favoring a MLS team to win.

        Go Sounders.

  3. The original Tom

    August 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    To be fair, three of the MLS sides, including the Rapids; had easy games. Dallas did well- although according to this article it was a “young” (does that mean not full strength?) PUMAS side. I’ll be rooting for PUMAS in the return leg, I just don’t like Dallas; although I hope all games are entertaining enough to help sell future tickets. The Rapids game was.

    Still, after taking a big of a beating in the international friendly games and All-Star game; I’m glad the MLS teams had decent starts this week.

  4. Jason

    August 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    How about that. The 4 MLS teams with 4-0-0 this week in CCL action. Who would have ever thought that.

    I think MLS is taking this tournament seriously and they mean business this time. Waita go guys. Winning the CCL tops the MLS Cup any day.

    • Alan

      August 18, 2011 at 10:38 pm

      Make that 5 now.

  5. bobz

    August 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

    The penalty was called back due to simulation, according to the highlights. It was the right call, but I don’t know who the hell overturned it. The referee pointed to the spot and the linesman also called a foul.

    • Daniel Feuerstein

      August 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Exactly Bobz. I originally had no idea what the hell happened on that play. I saw the Far side assistant waive his flag and pointed for possession towards Metepan.

      I originally didn’t think the simulation negated the penalty, I thought the stomp by Drew Moor actually was the reason for the penalty. But on the FSC coverage, that call was offsides. If that’s the case, why wasn’t the flag raised straight up and the whistle blown a.s.a.p.?

      To be fair towards Metepan as well, Drew Moor was lucky not to get sent off twice. Last defender pulling down Kardeck and got a yellow. The stomp on Bautista’s right leg on the attempted dive and no card at all.

      Drew Moor needs to have his head screwed on right the next CCL match or that ref depending on who it is will not be so forgiving and he puts his side down to 10 men for sure.

  6. wahleyed

    August 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Was watching the Rapids match online and noticed that Dallas went ahead. Switched the tv on to Galavision (I have all the Spanish channels, but not FSC) and their scoreboard read 0-0. They posted the final score as 0-0 on GV. I’m assuming the tv channel was posting lonely protest against the goal (offside or something?), or just couldn’t bear to put up the actual score?

    I don’t understand enough Spanish to know why they refused to post the correct score.

    • X

      August 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

      Mexicans don’t take kindly to losing to a bunch of white boys.

  7. Alex

    August 18, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I don’t like this whole one for all and all for one mentality at all. But its nice to see some mls clubs win. I don’t have a particular favorite maybe LA or Seattle. But Seattle and Toronto have it rough with the travel I don’t think they have the legs to get it. It all comes down to depth and how well clubs use that depth

    • Robert

      August 18, 2011 at 10:08 am


      I agree. after all the hate I have for MLS league I’m happy MLS franchises got some wins in a competition that really matters.

    • Charles

      August 18, 2011 at 11:57 am

      yeah right. When it comes to hating MLS, you are all for lumping them all together.

      Seattle has the depth. They played mostly reserves on Tuesday.

      • Robert

        August 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        It’s a shame that Seattle fans only show up for a pointless regular season rather than Champions League.

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