Harris and Perez braces highlight Rapids and F.C. Dallas draw

Harris and Perez braces highlight Rapids and F.C. Dallas draw

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Harris and Perez braces highlight Rapids and F.C. Dallas draw

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By DAN KARELL

It may have been to the thin air in the mountains of Denver, or perhaps a widening of a hole in the ozone layer, but during a ten minute span at Dicks Sporting Good Park, it was raining goals.

Colorado Rapids forward Atiba Harris and FC Dallas front man Blas Perez each scored a brace between the 56th and 66th minutes of the match as the Rapids drew with F.C. Dallas, 2-2, in front of 17,551 fans on Saturday night in Commerce City, Colorado.

After a scoreless first half where the only action had been an F.C. Dallas goal called back by the linesman, the second half heated up when Harris turned in a long throw-in from teammate Marvell Wynne to take a 1-0 lead. It wouldn’t last long though, as Perez would equalize in the 61st minute past a diving Rapids goalkeeper Clint Irwin, taking advantage of a poor clearance from none other than Harris himself.

Harris made up for the mistake three minutes later, taking a header in the box and side-footing home past the on-rushing F.C. Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez. But the defensive errors continued to haunt the hosts, allowing Perez time and space at the top of the box in the 66th minute, giving the Panamanian an opportunity to rifle one past Irwin to tie the score.

Neither side could break the deadlock as the teams settled for a draw. The result keeps F.C. Dallas on top of the Western Conference, while leaving the Rapids in fifth place.

Here are the match highlights:

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