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October 30, 2011 7:35 PM EDT
Dick's Sporting Goods Park — Denver, Colorado
Referee:‬ B. Toledo‎
Attendance:‬ 8601‎
 
 
Teal Bunbury 49′
 
Teal Bunbury 59′ (PG)

Colorado Rapids 0-2 Sporting KC: Teal Bunbury's second-half brace too much to overcome for shorthanded Rapids

The Rapids lost three players to injury and one to a red card as Sporting KC used a strong start to the second half to walk away with a road win.

By Mike Slane

Teal Bunbury and Jeff Larentowicz - Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting KC
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Once the injuries piled up on Colorado, the East's top-seeded team piled on the goals.

In a game that saw three Rapids players leave with injuries, Teal Bunbury scored a pair of goals early in the second half to lift Sporting KC to a 2-0 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the first leg of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

"Whoever I’m going up against, I try to think in my head that I have the advantage," Bunbury said. "That’s the mentality I need to have. We try to go at teams no matter who’s in there."

To keep up with the theme of the day throughout the league, the play was physical from the beginning. There was certainly a playoff atmosphere in Colorado, where the Rapids defeated the Columbus Crew just days earlier in a one-game Wild Card match.

The physical play got the worst of the Rapids in the first half as they were forced to make a pair of injury substitutions before halftime. Caleb Forlan (knee) left the game in the 23rd minute and Kosuke Kimura (ankle) needed to be helped off in the 36th.

It appeared as though Colorado would lose a third player right before the halftime whistle after Bunbury came from behind to knock down Drew Moor, who stayed down the pitch grabbing his shoulder. Moor eventually had to leave but not until after his team was already down.

Conor Casey, Pablo Mastroeni, Jamie Smith and Anthony Wallace were already out for Colorado. And the lack of the depth eventually caught up to the Rapids.

Just minutes after the teams returned from the break, Sporting KC took advantage of a giveaway in the midfield from Macoumba Kandji, the player who replaced Folan earlier. Julio Cesar found Bunbury down the left with a clear path to the goal and Bunbury used nice touch to beat goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Moments later, Bunbury would make it two after he was taken down in the box by Marshall, who was given a red card. Bunbury stepped up for the penalty and sent Pickens the wrong way.

"We had to pick our moments when to press them and when to go at them," Bunbury said. "The second half, we were pressuring them, and we got the job done."

With 10 players for the remainder of the match, Colorado did all it could to keep its 10-game unbeaten streak at home alive. But Sporting KC was able to keep the clean sheet.

The semifinal now shifts to Kansas for the second leg and Sporting KC knows that the defending champs will be coming to play despite all the injuries.

"It’s never easy when you have injuries. I get it," KC coach Peter Vermes said. "But they have a very deep team. There’s a lot of good players on their roster. They’re the defending MLS champs and we realize that. We’re not going to take them lightly."

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Colorado Rapids

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
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22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
 - 
-
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3
Drew Moor
Defender
60′
 - 
27
Kosuke Kimura
Defender
36′
 - 
11
Brian Mullan
Midfielder
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W. Thompson
Midfielder
 - 
20
Jeff Larentowicz
Midfielder
 - 
11
Sanna Nyassi
Midfielder
63′
 - 
7
Omar Cummings
Striker
 - 
18
Caleb Folan
Striker
23′
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Sporting Kansas City

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1
Jimmy Nielsen
Goalkeeper
 - 
78
 - 
5
Matt Besler
Defender
 - 
15
 - 
7
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-
 - 
8
Graham Zusi
Midfielder
 - 
-
R. Espinoza
Midfielder
 - 
17
 - 
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Kei Kamara
Striker
89′
 - 
10

Substitutes

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Steward Ceus
Goalkeeper
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-
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Joseph Nane
Midfielder
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-
 - 
16
Ross LaBauex
Midfielder
 - 
9
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-
 - 

Substitutes

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18
Eric Kronberg
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
13
Lawrence Olum
Midfielder
 - 
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Jéferson
Midfielder
78′
 - 
8
Davy Arnaud
Midfielder
69′
 - 
22
Soony Saad
Striker
89′
 - 
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O. Bravo
Striker

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1