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Rapids beat Dynamo with late Palguta goal but lose Cummings to ankle injury

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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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What did you think of Colorado's victory? Think the Rapids can have success without Cummings and Casey?

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  1. I was sitting right behind the COL bench last night and the foul by Palmer against Cummings happened right in front of me – perhaps 20 yards from my seat to the spot on the field where the injury occurred. I saw no malicious intent; in fact, the foul appeared so innocuous that many people around me in the stadium initially thought Cummings was feigning an injury. Any true soccer fan is sorry to see any player get hurt, but these guys spend 90 minutes constantly flinging themselves against each other and sometimes an injury occurs without malicious intent.

    If you could see Lovel’s eyes better than me, you must be the COL coach.

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  2. Funny fact lost in last week’s press initiated mob to declare the Rapids a dirty team: Colorado commits the sixth least fouls per game of any team in the league, while being fouled the second most of any team in the league.

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  3. Jamie Smith is having a monster of a year so far… thank goodness I picked him up in like the 10th round of my Fantasy draft league!

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  4. That wasn’t a “free ball” that Palguta scored on, it was an awesome a pass by Folan… if you watch Folan is on the ground but he spots the ball and Palguta and uses his leg to just pass that ball out front to Palguta. Between this and the Conor Casey goal in the MLS CUP, how much time is Gary Smith spending in practice teaching his forwards how to create something big while sitting on their butts?

    A big road win considering how many injured and just recovering from being injured players Colorado has right now.

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  5. I know the goalie misplayed the direct kick but great awareness and great goal by Jamie Smith! I agree this wasn’t the prettiest of games but this was a great road victory by the Rapids has their offense (Casey, Kandji, and now Cummings) keeps depleating.

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  6. Not a good game by the Dynamo.. credit Colorado for being aggressive and limiting the space on the ball. We really missed Cameron in the middle. Ugh.

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  7. Despite his beautiful goal, Clark hasnt added much. Watson looked athletic and skilled, but kinda lost in the middle. That was a tough loss.

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  8. Yes it was a terrible way to give up points and I agree we missed Geoff Cameron as our mid field never seemed to be able to hold the upper hand consistently. Most goals scored against us this year have come on defensive errors and we made a pair of ugly ones last night. Not taking anything away from the Rapids, they played a smart and hard-nosed game.
    Colin Clark’s goal was a work of art. He couldn’t have threaded it any nicer if he’d used a needle.

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  9. Houston has to be furious about giving up those pts. Colorado without Cummings and Casey looked very bad. One huge mistake by the keeper and one failed clearance lead to 3 points turning into 0 points.

    How long is Cameron out? They really missed him in the middle.

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