Colorado can’t win for not los­ing, as own goal proves costly


The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Mike Cham­bers

COM­MERCE CITY» The Rapids built a two-goal lead Wed­nes­day and snapped their eight-game los­ing streak, long­est in Ma­jor League Soc­cer this year. But the Rapids failed to hold the lead and get the win, walk­ing off the pitch at Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Park with a 2-2 tie against the Chicago Fire.

The game’s four goals came within the first 24 min­utes of the game, with Colorado scor­ing the first two be­fore the 16th minute.

It has been a bru­tal week for the Rapids. Ex­actly one week be­fore host­ing the Fire, they failed to pro­duce a shot and lost a U.S. Open Cup game 2-0 to the sec­ond­di­vi­sion Nashville SC of the United Soc­cer League. Colorado’s road trip con­tin­ued through Hous­ton, where it lost its eighth straight MLS game to the Dy­namo 2-0 on Satur­day.

The Rapids are now 0-8-1 since be­gin­ning the sea­son 2-1-1.

Colorado jumped ahead against the Fire with goals from Dom­inque Badji in the sev­enth minute and Tommy Smith in the 15th. Smith as­sisted on Badji’s goal be­fore scor­ing with a back­door header off a feed from Jack Price to make it 2-0.

Bu the 2-0 lead didn’t last long. Rapids de­fender Danny Wilson scored an own goal to cut Chicago’s lead in half. The mis­take came in the 20th minute just a cou­ple of feet from Colorado’s goal line. Wilson found the ball on his foot and chipped it high into goalie Tim Howard’s net in­stead of clear­ing it from dan­ger.

The Fire tied it just four min­utes later when Alek­san­dar Katai beat the Rapids’ Smith in a footrace down the right wing and lofted a strong shot past Howard and in­side the far post.

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