Rapids down Toronto 3-1 at DSG Park
Casey nets two in PK-laden game.
Apr 19th 2010

Colorado extended their home unbeaten streak to seven games, dating back to August of last year, as they beat a tired Toronto squad who was playing their second game in four days.

The Rapids reclaimed some karmic justice in the 24th minute as they won their own dubious penalty after conceding one against Chicago two weeks ago. Adrian Canns alleged handball appeared to have actually come off of his head rather than his arm, but nevertheless, Conner Casey chipped his penalty kick in the center of the net in what would be the first of four spot kick goals.

After the break, Toronto would level the score in the 58th on a penalty of their own as Dwayne De Rosario beat Rapids keeper Matt Pickens. Pickens felled Sam Cronin in the box to give the Canadian side an opportunity and De Rosario capitalized by beating the diving goalkeeper with a low, fast shot in the left corner of the net.

The crucial moment of the game came by way of free kick just outside of the Toronto goal. Wells Thompson, scorer of two goals in the Rapids US Open Cup game earlier in the week, made a nice run at goal, only to be tripped up. Jeff Larentowicz took the resulting free kick, and curled it through the Toronto wall, surprising goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

Larentowiczs goal would prove to be the winner, and Casey further secured the win in the 85th with another penalty kick after being hauled down by Maksim Usanov.

In the terraces, the Bulldog Supporters Group made another strong showing, bringing a full busload of members down to the stadium. The Groups new flags were unfurled for the first time, and a great atmosphere was generated by energetic singing with the other supporters clubs.

The win pushes Colorado into a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with Houston and Seattle, and keeps the Rapids from further slipping away from the red-hot LA Galaxy.

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