One match in 100 words: The game had remained even for the entire first half, as the Colorado Rapids’ defense had hung tough on their home grounds, hoping to ease the ill effects of a 12-game winless run that destroyed the team’s playoff chances. FC Dallas eventually overcame Colorado’s efforts, however, in the 58th minute on a handball call in the penalty box, and from that point on, Oscar Pareja’s side solidified their back line and midfield shape in an attempt to preserve the victory. The Rapids weren’t able to climb back into this match enough to conclude with a draw, and the Toros jumped past Real Salt Lake to third place in the Western Conference.
Dallas: Blas Perez 58’ (PK)
Three moments that mattered
58’ — Perez coverts PK for lead — An FC Dallas corner kick skipped off multiple players before hitting Colorado Rapids defender Chris Klute around the hand area, and Blas Perez took the opportunity into his own hands when he easily buried the penalty kick past goalkeeper Clint Irwin. And the reason why this score is so vital: the Rapids’ attack couldn’t manage to desperately breakthrough with an equalizer.
79’ — Watts’ red card cripples Rapids’ chances — Center back Jared Watts picked up a yellow card in the 56th minute, and unfortunately for the Rapids, he saw another yellow in the 79th minute when he appeared to trip up Andres Esobar outside of the box. This call essentially grounded the Rapids at a vital time, as the the late comeback possibility died out after this occurrence.
83’ — Standard header missed by Deshorn Brown — The 23-year-old Rapids forward had the best instance to level the score after the red card to Jared Watts had struck. Brown rose into the air and connected with a solid headed endeavor from Gabriel Torres’ corner kick delivery. He wasn’t able to direct his header on frame, though, as his ball harmlessly sailed over the crossbar despite his well-intended contact. That sequence pinpointed the end of the Rapids drive to bring the contest even.
Colorado: Clint Irwin; Marvell Wynne, Zat Knight, Jared Watts, Chris Klute; Marlon Hairston, Nick LaBrocca, Dillon Powers (Davy Armstrong 81’), John Neeskens; Vincente Sanchez (Gabriel Torres 57’), Deshorn Brown (Charles Eloundou 89’)
Dallas: Raul Fernandez; Je-Vaughn Watson, Zach Loyd, Matt Hedges, Jair Benitez (Kellyn Acosta HT); Andres Escobar, Victor Ulloa, Adam Moffat, Fabian Castillo (Ryan Hollingshead 79’); Blas Perez, David Texeira (Tesho Akindele HT)