Rapids draw Fire to open DSG Park for 2010
First half goals from Casey and Cummings not enough to overcome controversial penalty.
Apr 4th 2010

The Rapids extended their seven year unbeaten streak in home openers as they drew level against the Chicago Fire at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

Omar Cummings continued his hot run of form as he was afforded too much space by the Chicago defense and was able to fire a shot in to send the crowd of over 11,000 fans into celebration.

Mehdi Ballouchys 13th minute pass found Cummings loosely marked, and despite a mediocre first touch, Cummings was able to recollect the ball, compose himself, and send it to the back of the net.

Chicago responded 12 minutes later, taking advantage of some lackadaisical Colorado defending on a set piece.

Marco Pappa sent a corner kick into the box, finding Collins John as he headed it past Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens to tie the game at 1-1.

Colorado went back on top shortly before the end of the first half with a successful penalty kick from former Denver South stand-out Conner Casey. The PK was set up after Colin Clark beat Pappa on the dribble, forcing a late challenge that sent Clark tumbling in the box.

Shortly after the restart, the pacey Patrick Nyarko challenged new Rapids defender Marvell Wynn to a footrace towards goal, and beat the former New England man to the punch. After sprinting into the box, however, Nyarko stumbled to the turf, prompting referee Terry Vaughn to point to the spot.

Despite the appeals of several Rapids players and much of the home support, veteran Brian McBride was allowed to line-up his penalty shot and equalized with the last goal of the game.

The Bulldog Supporters Group brought two buses worth of fans down to the stadium, kicking off the season with a great tailgate party. Thanks to beer supplied by Carlsberg and Great Divide, not to mention some tasty chili, spirits were high and the assembled supporters were ready for some great soccer.

The terraces were rocking, the Flobots, one of Denvers best musical exports, put on an energetic half-time performance, and a good time was had by all as the Rapids kicked off their fifteenth season in the Rockies.

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