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Rapids draw with D.C United 1-1 on Sunday

Posted: 11:12 PM, Mar 20, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-21 01:12:43-04
Rapids draw with D.C United 1-1 on Sunday

Rapids.com- A late equalizer forced Colorado Rapids to settle for a 1-1 draw at D.C. United on Sunday.

After soaking up pressure in the first half, the visitors took the lead in the 69th minute when  Dillon Powers  bundled home a corner from  Marco Pappa .

Rapids had chances to extend their lead but, late on, D.C. United went in search of the leveler. They found it in the 80th minute when Fabián Espíndola fired home through a crowded area.

The result leaves Pablo Mastroeni’s side 1-1-1 in the nascent season. This might have been a full three points but getting one on the road is nearly always creditable.

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There was only one change from the side that  beat LA Galaxy last weekend . The match-winner from that game, Pappa, came in on the left of midfield as  Shkëlzen  Gashi  was suspended; ironically for entering the field of play as he celebrated the Guatemalan’s goal.

FIRST HALF

D.C. United were the better team in the first 45 minutes. Patrick Nyarko caused the majority of the problems down the left but the Rapids defense ensured  Zac MacMath  was not truly tested except for a couple of straightforward efforts from Lamar Neagle.

Indeed, Rapids nearly took the lead on the half-hour.  Mekeil Williams  crossed,  Dominique Badji touched the ball down and  Kevin Doyle , who had slipped over in the build-up, flicked a shot against the post when grounded.

SECOND HALF

Mastroeni’s men were a different proposition after the interval. However, they had to survive a scare on 67 minutes when an unmarked Steve Birnbaum, up from defense, volleyed over at the far post.  

Seconds later, Rapids were ahead when Powers nodded home from Pappa’s corner. It had been fully deserved on the balance of play since the break.

On 75 minutes they might have secured the win. Kevin Doyle crossed, substitute  Luis Solignac nodded down invitingly for  Sam Cronin  to drive wide of the far post.

The visitors were made to pay soon afterwards when Taylor Kemp crossed from the left and MacMath’s attempted catch fell to Nyarko.  Marc Burch  blocked his shot on the line but the ball fell to Espindola, who made no mistake.

The goal swung the game back to D.C. United, however they never truly threatened to find a winner.

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