Cummings leads Rapids past Fire
If the boot of Omar Cummings tells anything about the Colorado Rapids season, then things are off to a promising start.
Cummings scored in the 58th minute, his second tally in four games this season, as the Rapids beat the Chicago Fire 2-0 in Commerce City.
With the win, the Rapids improved to 3-1 on the season. Chicago fell to 1-1-1.
Cummings, who led the team in scoring to the 2010 championship season, has now matched two-thirds of his total from a disappointing 2011. He was lively all game and nearly doubled the margin several times last.
The final score, however, came from newcomer Kamani Hill. Hill, who was signed earlier in the week, came on in the 82nd minute and tallied in the second minute of second half injury time. Hill buried a rebound on his own shot to give the Rapids a two-goal final margin.
Next: The match was the perfect antidote to a 4-1 pasting the Rapids faced one week earlier in New York and sets the Rapids up for an early season rivarly match with Real Salt Lake. Colorado travels to Utah for the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of the season on Saturday.
See Ya: In the unbalanced schedule of the 19-team MLS, the Rapids will see Salt Lake three times this season, but Sunday’s was the only match against the Eastern Conference’s Chicago Fire.
The Rapids faced four Eastern Conference teams to open the season. The next time Colorado sees New York, Columbus or Philadelphia would be in the playoffs.
Welcome Back: Jeff Larentowicz, who missed the New York match due to an ejection against Philadelphia, returned to the lineup on Sunday. His presence was critical in settling the midfield and making Colorado’s 4-3-3 formation work. Captain Pablo Mastroeni missed his second game after suffering concussion symptoms.
Rapids 11: Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Luis Zapata, Jeff Larentowicz, Jaime Castrillon (Hill 82′), Martin Rivero (Tyrone Marshall 88′), Tony Cascio (Wells Thompson 66′), Cummings.