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April 6, 2013 7:53 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ C. Penso‎
Attendance:‬ 15226‎
 
 

Colorado Rapids 1-0 Real Salt Lake: Early strike enough for Colorado

Colorado struck just five minutes in and held on for its first win of the season.

By Stephanie Gardner

The Colorado Rapids won the second match of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Cup, in front of over 15,000 fans, with a 1-0 result against Real Salt Lake. The Rapids earned their first win and three crucial points towards claiming the rivalry cup for the first time since 2006.

With a roster speckled once again with rookies, the Rapids made an early statement. Edson Buddle showed his experience as he wisely held up the ball in the box before making a quick pass to Atiba Harris. Real Salt Lake’s goalkeeper Nick Rimando had no chance to stop the close range rocket Harris sent his way, giving the Rapids an early 1-0 lead in the 5th minute.

Real Salt Lake had a chance to tie it up in the ninth minute, as the referee granted the visitors a penalty kick.  Alvaro Saborio missed his first attempt fromt he spot in four seasons when he tried to place his shot to the keeper’s left. Rookie Clinton Irwin brought the crowd to their feet as he blocked Saborio’s shot.

The visiting keeper also had his turn to impress. Rookie Deshorn Brown hit a close strike in the 40th minute, but Rimando’s quick response kept the halftime score 1-0.

The second half showcased Real Salt Lake’s precise passing quality, as it kept Irwin on his toes. When the final whistle blew however, the Rapids celebrated their first win of the season, and a crucial three point lead in the battle for the Rocky Mountain Cup.


Colorado Rapids

1
Clinton Irwin
Goalkeeper
 - 
15
Chris Klute
Defender
80′
 - 
22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
 - 
-
Shane O'Neill
Defender
 - 
2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
84′
 - 
8
Dillon Powers
Midfielder
 - 
11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
 - 
23
Atiba Harris
Striker
5′
 - 
9
Edson Buddle
Striker
57′
 - 
26
Deshorn Brown
Striker
76′
 - 

Real Salt Lake

 - 
18
Nick Rimando
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
6
 - 
28
 - 
29
K. Mansally
Defender
84′
 - 
5
Kyle Beckerman
Midfielder
 - 
20
Ned Grabavoy
Midfielder
 - 
21
Luis Gil
Midfielder
 - 
26
 - 
15
 - 
49

Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
28
 - 
20
Jamie Smith
Midfielder
76′
 - 
24
 - 
13
 - 
55
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
12
Josh Saunders
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
 - 
5
Lovel Palmer
Midfielder
 - 
11
Javier Morales
Midfielder
46′
 - 
-
 - 
9

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