MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 1-0 Real Salt Lake (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): Jermaine Jones owns MLS. Not literally, but he’s without a doubt the greatest ringer/mercenary in league history. Parachuted into Dick’s Sporting Goods Park six games into the 2016 season, all he’s done is lead the Colorado Rapids to three wins in four games, including Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals, Real Salt Lake side, since making his season debut on April 16. He is the Rocky Moutain Riquelme. Let’s not make this all about Jones, though; the Rapids are a talented bunch from top to bottom these days. Jones is simply the engine at the heart of everything they do, and on Saturday night helped them to a five-games-unbeaten run. The victory puts the Rapids top of the Western Conference — yes, that’s a real sentence that I just wrote — three points ahead of RSL and FC Dallas, both of whom lost on Saturday.

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Three Two moments that mattered

47′ — Jones hits a beauty first-time for 1-0 — Jones could be an elite-level MLS player at 10 different positions if he played an entire season at each one, couldn’t he? This is unreal composure from a defensive-midfielder-turned-center-back-turned-no.-10-turned striker-turned-what-next?

86′ — MacMath stone-walls Beckerman with both posts agape — All Kyle Beckerman had to do was pick one side of Zac MacMath’s goal. Instead, he hit it right at the Rapids ‘keeper, and that was pretty much that.

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Man of the match: Jermaine Jones

Goalscorers: Jones (47′)