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  • July 20, 2011
  • • 9:35 PM
  • • Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado
  • Referee: S. Petrescu
  • • Attendance: 15227

Colorado Rapids 4-1 New York Red Bulls: Sanna Nyassi shines in Rapids win

Colorado Rapids 4-1 New York Red Bulls: Sanna Nyassi shines in Rapids win

Doug Pensinger

Sanna Nyassi netted a surprising hat-trick for Colorado and the Rapids cruised past New York. Thierry Henry scored a league-leading 10th goal of the season.

Sanna Nyassi may have Colorado fans feeling a bit better about losing Conor Casey for the season after his terrific night for the Rapids on Wednesday in a 4-1 win over the New York Red Bulls. Nyassi scored a brilliant hat-trick and made the Red Bull defense look amateurish at times in the process.

The show started just two minutes into the match as Nyassi combined with Omar Cummings at the top of the box before putting away a right-footed shot. Colorado got a second through Wells Thompson in the 26th minute after another Nyassi shot rebounded to the midfielder.

Nyassi scored his second 31 minutes in with a slashing run through the Red Bulls defense, which seemed to have no answer for his quickness, leaving goalkeeper Frank Roast with little chance of making a save.

The Gambian finished off his breakout night just after the hour mark by once again cutting up New York's back line, this time megging Carlos Mendes before slotting home.

"Sanna, man, I mean what can you say?" Wells Thompson said. "He played awesome. It's just a different level tonight. We have seen that in practice, that’s what he’s capable of."

Thierry Henry gave the Red Bulls something to be slightly happy about in the 67th when he took a pass from Juan Agudelo and netted New York's lone goal of the night, but the result was well in hand and the Rapids walked away with three well deserved points.

"In this league you can’t get too high after wins or too low after losses," Rapids midfielder Jeff Larentowicz said. "Big wins are going to come. With the squad we had tonight, the guys showed great energy. Sanna was just fantastic."

Tim Gardner contributed additional reporting to this article.

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