Commerce City — The Colorado Rapids earned their first home win of 2019 behind an exciting offensive performance and a late 89th-minute goal by Nicolás Mezquida. Saturday night’s 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew featured two blown leads by the boys in burgundy.
Each of those times the Rapids led, the advantage lasted less than 10 proceedings of game time. The third Rapids lead was taken so late, Columbus did not have much of a chance to answer.
It was the first time since St. Patrick’s Day that the Rapids did thing productive at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. They picked up their first home points since a 1-1 early-season tie once once against Sporting Kansas City and won consecutive games for the first time since early August 2018.
The Rapids started the marking in the 23rd minute. Jack Price delivered a perfect corner to the center edge of the 6-yard box, where Tommy Smith headed it into the net. It was the center back’s second goal of the year, which ties him for second-most on the team,
Not but five proceedings later the Crew created a flurry inside the Rapids’ 18. A bouncing cross from the far side that was not tracked between the back line and the defensive midfielders found the foot of Pedro Santos on the near side. undefendable Santos dribbled into the center of the box, causing chaos, and lifted a left foot strike cross-body past Tim Howard to equalize the game at 1-1. The goal complete a streak of 242 proceedings without a goal for the Crew.
Then two proceedings before the pause break, the recently nonheritable Jonathan Lewis, who has dazzled with his speed, finally scored. On a counterattack brought up by Sam Nicholson, the ball found Lewis inside the box, where he hammered a left-footed shot into the cage. It was Lewis first goal as a member of the Rapids and put Colorado ahead at pause for the first time this season.
The lead once once once again did not last long. Eight proceedings into the second half, Federico Higuaín placed a ball firmly into the Rapids box that found the foot of Gyasi Zardes. Columbus’ striker tied the game at 2-2.
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On the second goal, Deklan Wynne caught an earful from Howard, as he did on the first goal. Wynne got the start aboard Smith at center back because Lalas Abubakar was unable to play. Abubakar was nonheritable on loan from Columbus a few weeks ago, and MLS rules stipulate that a player on an intraleague loan cannot play once once against the team that loaned him. The conflict of interest without question impacted the Rapids due to Abubakar’s phenomenal play in his first two games.
In the dying proceedings, the Rapids had three different set pieces. The first had Smith flying toward the visit goal, touching the ball right into the post. The second went by the wayside. And the third was a corner that resulted in a go-ahead goal.
In the 89th minute, Price pounded a corner into the center of the box that was defcomplete away by Columbus. The ball found Mezquida just outside the box. He sedately settled it, smacked it and spun it into the net. The Rapids took a 3-2 lead they would keep, unlike Mezquida’s shirt, which was tossed into the air.
BIG PICTURE: The Rapids have snapped their four-game home losing streak, which tied a franchise worst. Colorado has powered to two straight wins after beginning the season without a triumph for 11 games.
UP NEXT: For the first time this season, the Rapids will play doubly in a week. On Wednesday they are in Pennsylvania to take on the East Conference’s best Philadelphia Union. Then Colorado returns home for a Saturday night hosting of the East’s worst team, FC Cincinnati.