The Colorado Rapids broke their four-match winless streak in impressive fashion, but they are down another star forward.
Scott Palguta scored his first career goal in the 84th minute to give the Rapids a hard-fought, 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo at Robertson Stadium Wednesday night.
The victory was marred by an ankle injury to star striker Omar Cummings, who sprained his ankle at the end of the first half. He reportedly returned to Colorado and will not be with the team for its match at New England this weekend. Conor Casey is also currently out with a hamstring injury.
Cummings had his right ankle stepped on from behind by fellow Jamaican international Lovel Palmer, and he immediately went to ground clutching his lower leg.
News got worse for the Rapids when the Dynamo jumped out on top in the 71st minute. Colin Clark, acquired by Houston from Colorado for Brian Mullan last summer, scored his first goal for his new team since returning from a torn ACL. He took a pass from new signing JeVaughn Watson and fit a hard-hit shot inside the near post to beat Matt Pickens.
The Rapids equalized two minutes later, though, as Jamie Smith's long free kick was misplayed by Houston goalkeeper Tally Hall and found the back of the net.
Palguta, getting his first start of the season, ran onto a free ball at the top of the box and blasted a left-footed shot by Hall for the game-winner 11 minutes later to give the Rapids the road win.
Highlights of the match can be seen here.
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