Colorado 1 : 2 San Jose
By: Trevor Curry
Wednesday night at Dicks Sporting Goods Park was a hard late loss for the Colorado Rapids after two late goals saw a victory become a loss to San Jose.
Both came out with guns blazing, San Jose barely out shooting the Rapids 16 shots to the Rapids 13. The Earthquakes came out with some early pressure causing Matt Pickens to make some great saves.
However it was Colorado that struck first with a great ball in the box by Martin Rivero, headed over Bingham by Brian Mullan and into the keeper’s far post corner.
The Rapids seemed to play with more confidence after the goal. Colorado played out the first half with a flourish of inspired passing putting San Jose on their heels. However, no matter how far Colorado pushed on the Earthquakes, the visitors always looked like they were able to push back.
The second half began much like the first had ended with the Rapids looking for that ever illusive second goal and San Jose constantly causing trouble for Matt Pickens and his back four.
The Rapids back four look confident and organized with the return of previously injured center back Marvel Wynne.
Colorado’s defense was in form on Wednesday however it was Pickens that stole the show, making eight saves on the night.
In the 83rdmin Shea Salinas received the ball out on the wing played a ball low and hard he found Lenhart in the box who shot and was defied by Pickens. However, unlucky for the Rapids keeper the ball fell right to a charging Alan Gordon who put it right in the back of his net.
However the tipping point of the night was not some beautiful flick pass or a brilliant strike from distance.
The turning point of the match came in the 90th min when Gordon found some space in front of him on the left side after a spell of good San Jose passing.
Pickens went down to swipe the ball away from Gordon. However, he missed the ball and the San Jose fell to the ground.
Referee Sorin Stoica pointed to the spot, and the Earthquakes were awarded a penalty. In the 2nd min of stoppage time Chris Wondolowski buried it in the back of the net with power, showing why he is in first in the golden boot race.
However, despite the controversial end to the game San Jose did play a very good 90 minutes of soccer.
The match was a spectacle with both teams going at each other and not letting up until the whistle blew.
Colorado however will be going home with some heavy hearts and maybe some choice words for Referee Sorin Stoica.
Colorado Rapids lineup: Matt Pickens, Hunter Freeman, Drew Moor, Marvell Wynne, Luis Zapata, Martín Rivero, Jeff Larentowicz, Jaime Castrillón (Wells Thompson 89), Brian Mullan, Conor Casey (Omar Cummings 67), Edu (Kamani Hill 73)
COL – Brian Mullan 1 (Hunter Freeman 1) 18’
SJ – Own goal (Hunter Freeman) 83’
SJ – Chris Wondolowski 12 (penalty kick) 92’
SJ – Marvin Chavez (caution) 28’
SJ – Steven Beitashour (caution) 31’
SJ – Victor Bernardez (caution) 47’
COL – Luis Zapata (caution) 54’
COL – Drew Moor (caution) 91’