MLS Snapshot: Colorado Rapids 2-1 San Jose Earthquakes (video)

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The game in 100 words (or less): By now, we know Colorado is for real, though it doesn’t feel any less surreal to see the Rapids controlling their own destiny in the race for the Supporters’ Shield. The Rapids remain unbeaten at home this season, and San Jose could only find a way past Tim Howard via penalty kick. Kevin Doyle scored twice in the win and could’ve had four on the night, and now Colorado needs only to equal or beat FC Dallas’ point total to win its first Supporters’ Shield. San Jose needs to win out and get massive help to have any hope of the playoffs.

Three moments that mattered

38′ — Look everyone, it’s a flying Irishman! — Look at the hold up play by second-year man Dominique Badji. The former Boston Terriers star sets the table for Colorado’s opener, and Kevin Doyle flies through the air to score before making a hilarious mess and comically-good recovery of a sliding celebration.

57′ — Howard guesses right, but Wondo wins — San Jose ties up the game, and keeps their hopes alive, with about the only way anyone’s beating Tim Howard these days: a PK.

73′ — PK equalizer for Doyle — The longtime Reading and Wolves man was feeling it tonight.

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Men of the match: Doyle

Goalscorers: Doyle (38′, 73′); Wondolowski (57′)