D.C. United, Rapids exchange second-half goals in draw

D.C. United, Rapids exchange second-half goals in draw

MLS- Colorado Rapids

D.C. United, Rapids exchange second-half goals in draw

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The Colorado Rapids made major headlines with the club’s signing of Tim Howard on Sunday, but a late goal from Fabian Espindola dampened the team’s mood at RFK Stadium.

Espindola netted the game-tying goal in the 80th minute to lead D.C. United to a 1-1 draw against the Rapids on Sunday. D.C. United picks up its third point of the year with the tie, while the Rapids add their fourth after topping the LA Galaxy last week.

The two sides failed to find a breakthrough until the 69th minute, with Dillon Powers firing home on a corner kick. With Marco Pappa on the set piece, Powers rose to smash in a header from inside the six yard box, leaving goalkeeper Travis Worra helpless as the Rapids snagged the late lead.

That lead lasted just 11 minutes before Espindola earned his side a share of the points. Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath failed to fully clear a cross inside the six-yard box, leading to a scramble in front of goal. The original shot from Patrick Nyarko was cleared off the line, but Espindola pounced on the rebound to push the scoreline to 1-1.

Following the draw, D.C. United returns to action on Saturday against FC Dallas at RFK Stadium, while the Rapids have to wait until April 2 to host Toronto FC.

MAN OF THE MATCH

In a match where goal-scoring was at a premium, Patrick Nyarko was dominant down the right-hand side. The midfielder was dangerous throughout Sunday’s action and was repeatedly hacked down by the Rapids, demonstrating just how threatening he was for a D.C. United team in need of an attacking part.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Throughout his MLS tenure, Fabian Espindola has developed a reputation for popping up in the right place at the right time. The D.C. United forward did just that yet again on Sunday to fire home the equalizing goal.

MATCH TO FORGET

Zac MacMath has been solid throughout the first two matches, but the Rapids goalkeeper would surely like a redo on what turned out to be the game-tying goal. MacMath has to do better in dealing with the initial cross, and his inability to clear or handle the ball into the box directly led to the goal.

What do you think of Sunday’s game? Which team had the better of the play? Was a draw a fair result?

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