Colorado Rapids win third straight at home, drubbing FC Dallas 3-0 – The Denver Post
The scoreboard told a different story than the game Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
FC Dallas held two-thirds of the possession and peppered the Colorado Rapids with 21 shots in their MLS matchup. But in the end, not a single one got past goalkeeper William Yarbrough as the Rapids picked up a third straight home victory, defeating FC Dallas 3-0 in Commerce City.
Stellar play from Yarbrough, along with goals from Michael Barrios and Keegan Rosenberry, got the job done as Colorado moved to 3-1-2 on the season.
“On a night when we didn’t play particularly well, to really be resilient and find ways to score goals and obviously work really hard defensively and come out of it with the clean sheet,” head coach Robin Fraser said. “With all that I’m really pleased.”
Rosenberry kicked things off for the Burgundy Boys with his first goal of the season in the 13th minute. Jack Price kept the ball alive and passed it out wide to Rosenberry, who took advantage of an opening to rip a shot into the bottom left corner from five yards outside of the box.
The Rapids had an opportunity to take a two-goal lead in the 39th minute, after a Jonathan Lewis cross to Nicolas Mezquida produced a foul in the penalty box. But FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer guessed the right direction on Diego Rubio’s penalty kick to deny the shot.
A few minutes later, the Rapids made good on another scoring chance, after the ball fell to Auston Trusty off a corner with space. Trusty hit it into a dangerous area and the ball deflected directly into the goal to give the Rapids the 2-0 lead. It officially was recorded as an own goal.
“The fact that we were so switched on that we could take the disappointment of not going up 2-0, and still being able to find ways to concentrate and execute effectively enough to get a second goal,” Fraser said. “I think it was really important and probably demoralizing for Dallas.”
Despite doubling the Rapids in shots and carrying a distinct possession advantage into halftime, FC Dallas found themselves down two goals. And they were not going to go away.
Yarbrough made a brilliant save in the 47th minute, deflecting a wide-open shot from Franco Daniel Jara off the crossbar. Then came a diving save in the 53rd minute to keep the Rapids’ cushion safe. It was one of six saves on the game for Yarbrough.
“I hate when we have to talk about goalkeepers because that means he’s had too much to do,” Fraser said. “But the fact of the matter is when you have a night where you do need a goalkeeper to step up, he had an incredibly good night.”
Barrios, who the Rapids traded for from FC Dallas in the offseason, had the dagger. Bassett played Barrios out wide with a brilliant ball over the top and Barrios gathered it, cut into the middle and drilled the ball into the top right corner to put the Rapids up 3-0. He now has two goals and two assists in his last three matches.
The Rapids, now fourth in the Western Conference standings, will take an international break and do not play again until a June 19 visit to Cincinnati.
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