The game in 100 words (or less): Some games don’t deserve goals — D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids was one of them — based on principle and merit, but they get them anyway. Neither side managed to complete 75 percent of their passes; the Rapids managed to put all of one shot on target (eight in total) through 90 minutes; and yellow cards for unsporting behavior were on wholesale. Dillon Powers and Fabian Espindola scored the game’s only goals, though they probably shouldn’t have done. Jermaine Jones and Tim Howard can’t get here soon enough for the Rapids — at least they’ll be interesting? — but I’m not sure what the answer/excuse is for United. They’re just there.
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Three moments that mattered
67′ — Birnbaum skies a chance from point-blank range — Nearly a fatal turnover inside the Rapids’ defensive third went unpunished as Steve Birnbaum had a chance to slam home Lamar Neagle’s cross, but the center back blasted over the bar.
69′ — Powers heads home from corner kick — The only way either one of these teams was going to break the deadlock was through a set piece. Enter: Marco Pappa’s corner kick and Powers’ header.
80′ — Espindola pokes home a rebound for 1-1 — Sometimes the ball falls to a really inopportune spot as a goalkeeper. It happened to Zac MacMath, and Espindola poked it home. This game deserved this goal.
Man of the match: Marco Pappa
Goalscorers: Powers (69′), Espindola (80′)