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Saturday, June 29, 2013
(All times Eastern)
Colorado (5-7-5) at Montreal (9-3-2), 7 p.m.
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - The Colorado Rapids will attempt to get back
on the winning track on Saturday when the club travels to Saputo Stadium to
face the Eastern Conference leading Montreal Impact.
Colorado enters the match struggling mightily, riding a five-match winless
run across all competitions.
Last time out, the Rapids were thoroughly outplayed by a far superior Portland
Timbers side in a 3-0 defeat at Jeld-Wen Field on June 23.
Portland seized control of the match early on as the home side struck 12
minutes in when Rodney Wallace broke free down the left flank off a restart
and fired a cross into the box for Frederic Piquionne, whose header beat
Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin.
Portland struck again right before halftime when Wallace came down with a goal
kick, held the ball at the left corner of the box and found a charging Will
Johnson. The Timbers captain took one flick to himself to get past the
Colorado defense and then launched a left-footed shot past Irwin to the far
The Timbers put the match away six minutes from time when Johnson got on the
end of a cross from Piquionne and ripped it into the open goal for his second
tally of the match.
"It's okay sometimes to not play well, but to still get results, which is
something we did at times earlier in the year," Rapids captain Drew Moor said.
"We didn't always play well, but we got results and I think that's what it was
about today. Yeah, we played well at times, but at the end of the day, we
probably just got beat by a team that was better today."
"We can't be giving up three goals on three shots," Moor continued. "It's down
to the entire team as a unit. As a leader of the defense, I'm frustrated with
it, but we've got to try and put it behind us because it doesn't get any
easier from here for us."
Montreal, meanwhile, had last weekend off and will aim to extend its lead
atop the Eastern Conference standings following a 2-0 win over the Houston
Dynamo on June 19.
The Impact grabbed the lead against Houston just 14 minutes in when a through
ball from Patrice Bernier beat the Dynamo's offside trap and found Felipe
racing into the area, and he finished by poking the ball between Houston
goalkeeper Tally Hall's legs.
The Impact then doubled the lead in the 32nd minute. Corey Ashe weighed his
back pass from midfield wrong and it turned into an assist for Marco Di Vaio,
who raced to the ball and then in on goal before lobbing it over the head of
"We started the game like fireworks, we broke them down in the first half, and
even though we respect them, we tried to get four, five, even six," Impact
head coach Marco Schallibaum said. "We didn't get them, and it was a tough
game to manage at 2-0."
In the only meeting between the clubs, Colorado collected goals from Jeff
Larentowicz, Drew Moor and Jaime Castrillon in a 3-2 win over Montreal on May
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