Travel proves fruitless
Colorado made the first of two trips to Utah and returned with the sort of result that can haunt a season.
The Rapids fell to Real Salt Lake 2-0 on Saturday night, and looked every bit as toothless as the score line indicates.
Playing at home, Salt Lake dominated the match, taking the lead in the 20th minute when defender Tony Beltran picked out Alvaro Saborio. Saborio chested down the pass and easily scored past Matt Pickens.
Although one goal is all Real would need, the home team got a second when Rapids killer Fabian Espindola poked a Luis Gil pass past two defenders and Pickens for a tally in the 57th minute. His goal tied him with Robbie Findley for the club record with 29.
On the other side of the ball, the Rapids were scrambling without the heart of the team’s midfield and never recovered.
Pablo Mastroeni was missing again for post-concussion symptoms, and central defender Drew Moor was moved into the midfield for the first time in his career with the Rapids.
While made a good account, and Tyrone Marshall filled in ably in central defense, the team never effectively moved the ball forward. Only in the late going, with the team down to three defenders and Tony Cascio on as another attacker, did the Rapids look dangerous.
Still, the change wasn’t enough as Colorado ended the first of three matches with Real with a loss.