Rapids Victorious Over Vancouver Whitecaps
A match recap from Saturday
Richard Terry
Jul 13th 2011

Photo: Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

In a Western Conference that boasts its current top-four clubs in the standings with thirty or more points, Colorado Rapids defeated Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to keep on pace for a playoff spot at Dicks Sporting Goods Park. Colorado currently have 27 points from 20 matches with a 6-5-9 record. Meanwhile, Vancouvers debut season in MLS continued to spiral downward, with a 2-10-8 record.

Gary Smith opted to go with a 4-3-3 formation and started three natural strikers in Conor Casey, Omar Cummings, and Caleb Folan. Jeff Larentowiz controlled the center midfield while Jamie Smith and Wells Thompson played to the right and left sides, respectively. Danny Earls started on the left defense as Drew Moor and Marvell Wynne were the central defenders. Kosuke Kimura lined up at his normal position at right back.

Conor Casey continued his blistering form with his sixth goal in only seven matches. Casey is one of the hottest strikers in Major League Soccer since June. He also wore the captains armband as Pablo Mastroeni missed the match due to yellow card accumulation. Jamie Smith sent a fantastic ball to Casey who made no mistake and calmly slotted the ball past GK Joe Cannon.

The halftime break saw a 25 minute lightning delay as the thunderheads north of Dicks Sporting Goods Park made themselves known. Thunderstorms have invaded the Denver area for the past week and thankfully the large storms missed the stadium during the match.

Scott Palguta came on as substitute for Danny Earls in the first half and buried a rebound in the 68th minute to double Colorados lead. Casey had a fantastic header on target, but Joe Cannon made the save, only for the ball to find the Rapids defender on the left side during the set piece. It was Palgutas second goal of the season.

Camilo made things interesting with a goal in the 77th minute, but it was a mere consolation for the visitors as Colorado sent home the announced crowd of 13,058 happy. In the meantime, the Rapids claimed their first win at home since a 4-1 demolition of DC United on April 3.

Colorado faces a tricky away game next Saturday when they play Seattle Sounders FC at Century Link Field in Seattle, Washington. Century Link recently bought out Qwest and the naming rights of Seattles home stadium quickly changed just a few weeks ago.

BSG member Richard Terry writes for Global Football Today, please visit his blog at http://colorado.globalfootballtoday.com.

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