SANDY UT - SEPTEMBER 25: Paublo Campos #19 of Real Salt Lake head the ball over Anthony Wallace #6 of the Colorado Rapids as the Rapid's goalie Matt Pickens #18 blocks the shot during the first half of an MLS soccer game September 25 2010 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy Utah. Real Salt Lake and the Colorado Rapids played to a 1-1 tie. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

Colorado Loses Their Elusive Away Win Literally In The Last Second, Settles For A 1-1 Draw

The Rocky Mountain Cup is now ours to lose.

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Last second goal leads to a Salt Lake draw, 1-1

That was a game that was both frustrating and exhilarating to watch. A point in Rio Tinto is huge and the Rocky Mountain Cup is the Rapids’ to lose now, but the way the draw was produced left a bit to be desired by the Rapids fans.

Conor Casey got the first and only Rapids goal of the game in the 36th minute from a nice cross by Kosuke Kimura. The defense took care of Real Salt Lake throughout the entire game, with Marvell Wynne making some unbelievable plays to save goals from going in. The defensive stand would continue until the 93rd minute when an unlucky loss on a header in the box wound up slipping past Matt Pickens, who had come too far out of his area to make the save.

With his 40th career goal, Conor Casey has now surpassed Paul Bravo as the highest goalscorer in Rapids history. Casey picked up a yellow card today, activating the accumulated Yellow card suspension. He will miss the next game against Philadelphia on the 29th. With Omar Cummings possibly also out, this could mean a start for Andre Akpan or another of the younger strikers on the squad.

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Colorado Takes On Real Salt Lake In The First Rocky Mountain Cup Showdown

The Colorado Rapids' frustrating struggles against Real Salt Lake in recent years have been well documented and I'm sure you don't need to be reminded of them. For three years in a row now, RSL has had a hand in knocking the Rapids out of the playoffs, be it by tiebreakers like two years ago or crushing them in the final game of the season like last year. They've also had the Rocky Mountain Cup for three years, unsurprisingly coinciding with the Rapids' playoff drought.

 

It's not going to be easy to start off the two game set this season against RSL with a victory, if they want the Rocky Mountain Cup they're going to have to buck some trends in order to get a couple of points out of Rio Tinto Stadium this evening.

Colorado has not had good road form this season, with a 3-6-3 record away from home. Real Salt Lake has been nothing short of dominating at home, with no losses this season and a home unbeaten streak stretching an impressive 23 league games going into the showdown tonight. Their defense is tops in the league and with their gang of hot goalscorers Javier Morales, Robbie Findley etc. they can score from just about anywhere. The only possible savior for the Rapids in that regard is that RSL is coming off of a hard fought CCL match up earlier in the week and should be somewhat fatigued while the Rapids are playing on full rest.

The Rapids will be playing without their best striker, the red hot Omar Cummings. The Rapids will certainly miss his goalscoring form, as he'd put in five goals in his last five games including the only goal in their last road match. In his place will most likely be Macoumba Kandji or just a switch to the 4-5-1 formation that we saw Gary Smith pull out for most of the season until about August. Julien Baudet will most likely miss the game as well, meaning another probable start for the impressive Anthony Wallace.

The point here will most likely be to go into RSL, make a stand and end with a draw.

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