Thursday, July 20, 2006

Chivas and Colorado fight for third

Chivas and Colorado walked into the matched tied on points for third place in the West. For Colorado, they have been in a safe place thanks to good form at home during the season, while Chivas, who looked strong in June, had faded in July with a three game winless streak following them to Invesco Field.

So here you go, sides are set. Winner walks out three points up on the loser and only six points behind first place FC Dallas, while the loser has to worry about a resurgent LA Galaxy team nipping at their heals. Surely both sides are going to fight for the win. And so they did.

Scoring got going quick as Chivas's Juan Francisco Palencia got to the rebound of a shot by Jonathan Bornstein to get the first goal of the night in only the 9th minute. However, it did not last long. Just 57 seconds later, Dedi Ben Dayan pulled the Rapids even thanks to a pass from Jovan Kirovski.

The game went back and fourth through out the rest of the half. During the first part of the second half, it was looking a little boring till, of all people, Clint Mathis injected some life into the match when he gave the home side the lead in the 67th. Mathis had come off the bench about 10-minutes earlier and looked like he was actually interested in playing. Sure enough, he got a nice goal. If only he always played like that. By the by, Dedi set Clint up.

But as they come, so do they go. About a minute later, Colorado's Mike Petke earned his second yellow of the night thanks to a hard tackle. Chivas did not wait long to get back in the match as Jonathan Bornstein worked himself into position to take a good shot that beat Joe Cannon. All tied at two.

Again, back and forth they went, but no one could get a shot on goal. Bornstein shined again with a rocket right into the netting. As it was already extra time, it looked like Chivas was going home with three. But not so fast, in the final minute of play, Jacob Peterson somehow finds the space and connects for the tie. Down a man and a goal in the 92nd minute, yet somehow, the Rapids got a point.

It was a good outcome for Colorado as Chivas was taking it to them on the technical skills. If it were all about passing and dribbling, Chivas would have walked away an easy winner. Terry Cooke and Dedi had great nights for Colorado, but where is their defense? For the Goats, this has to hurt. Bornstein is the hero, but how do they keep crumbling. There is no excuse for conceding the tying goal in the final minutes of play when you are up a man.

The game ends 3-3 with both teams stuck in third place.


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