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Colorado Rapids 2010 MLS CUP Champions – highlights and quotes – VIDEO

MLS Commissioner Don Garber presented the trophy to Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni. PHOTO Nick Turchiaro / ISIPhotos.com

MLS Commissioner Don Garber presented the trophy to Colorado Rapids captain Pablo Mastroeni. PHOTO Nick Turchiaro / ISIPhotos.com

TORONTO (Nov. 21, 2010) – FC Dallas took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute on a goal by David Ferreira, only to see the Colorado Rapids score two unanswered goals to claim their first MLS Cup Championship with a 2-1 victory in Toronto Sunday night. Despite controlling the match for large stretches and out shooting the Rapids 17- 7, FC Dallas fell victim to an opportunistic Colorado side that was able to muscle two  goals past veteran goalkeeper Kevin Hartman.

Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player, Ferreira got FC Dallas off to a perfect start by scoring the first goal of the game in the 33rd minute. The play began with Colombian defender Jair Benitez switching the point of attack to Honduran midfielder Marvin Chavez on the right flank. Chavez brought the ball down to his feet with his chest and ran at a Colorado defender before picking out Ferreira, who was streaking down the center of the Rapid’s defense. Chavez’s well-timed cross required only the slightest of touches from Ferreira to beat goalkeeper Matt Pickens, putting Dallas up 1-0.

 
Colorado equalized on a Conner Casey goal in the 57th minute. Dallas defender Zach Loyd managed to disrupt a break-away opportunity but his clearance fell to the feet of Colorado’s Jamie Smith. Smith collected the ball on the left flank and dribbled into the six-yard box before delivering a cross in the direction of Casey. Hartman, FC Dallas defender Jair Benitez and Casey all collided in front of the goal, but Casey was the first to rise to his feet, knocking a ball past Hartman and Benitez, who were still on the ground.FC Dallas and Colorado battled evenly through the remainder of regulation and through the first 15 minutes of overtime. Captain Daniel Hernandez, obviously hampered throughout the match by an injury to his left knee that will require off-season surgery, helped solidify FCD’s defensive midfield.

In the second overtime, Colorado’s final substitute Macoumba Kandji beat Benitez just inside the left side of the area before knocking a desperate cross attempt towards goal. Arriving late, defender George John partially blocked the cross, only to have it spin awkwardly over the head of Hartman and into the FC Dallas goal.

Dallas frantically threw players forward in an attempt to equalize, firing eight shots at Pickens in the final 15 minutes. Three of those eight shots were on goal and Pickens made two saves, including one on a turnaround shot from John that required the save of the game to preserve the 2-1 win for the Rapids.

FC Dallas 1, Colorado Rapids 2

BMO Field – Toronto

Attendance: 21,700

Scoring Summary:
1-0       DAL – David Ferreira (Marvin Chavez, Jair Benitez) 35
1-1       COL – Conor Casey (unassisted) 57
1-2       COL – own goal (George John) 107

Lineups:
FC Dallas – Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Jackson Goncalves (Zach Loyd 33), Dax McCarty, Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 105), Brek Shea (Jeff Cunningham 64), Daniel Hernandez, David Ferreira, Atiba Harris. 

Substitutes Not Used: Dario Sala, Eric Alexander, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna.

TOTAL SHOTS: 17 (Atiba Harris, David Ferreira, Dax McCarty 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (David Ferreira 2); FOULS: 11 (Atiba Harris 4); OFFSIDES: 4 (David Ferreira 2); CORNER KICKS: 5 (David Ferreira 5); SAVES: 5 (Kevin Hartman 5) 

Colorado Rapids – Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace (Julien Baudet 92+), Brian Mullen, Pablo Mastroeni, Jeff Larentowicz, Jamie Smith (Wells Thompson 90), Omar Cummings (Macoumba Kandji 98), Conor Casey.

Substitutes Not Used: Ian Joyce, Quincy Amarikwa, Claudio Lopez, Scott Palguta.
TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Pablo Mastroeni, Omar Cummings 2); SHOTS ON GOAL: 3 (Jeff Larentowicz, Brian Mullen, Conor Casey 1); FOULS: 16 (Conor Casey 5); OFFSIDES: 0; CORNER KICKS: 1 (Jamie Smith 1); SAVES: 5 (Matt Pickens 5) 

Misconduct Summary:

COL – Anthony Wallace (caution; reckless tackle 41)
COL – Jamie Smith (caution; reckless tackle 51)
COL – Conor Casey (caution; reckless foul 84)
DAL – Jair Benitez (caution; reckless foul 84)

Referee: Baldomero Toledo

Referee’s Assistants: C.J. Morgante, Craig Lowery

4th Official: Silviu Petrescu

Time of Game: 2:33

Weather: Clear, 43 degrees

MLS CUP 2010 FLASH QUOTES

COLORADO RAPIDS FORWARD CONOR CASEY (MLS CUP 2010 MVP)

On his feelings:

“It’s just awesome, it’s a great way to end the year.  We battled all year and stuck together, it was a collective effort.  It’s just awesome, it’s the first time I have ever won anything, the first time for Pablo (Mastroeni) and the fans, it’s special.”

On his goal:

“The ball just got caught up under his arm, I don’t know and my leg was closer than anybody else’s and I got a toe on it and was happy I did as we needed a goal for sure.”

On the team’s strategy in extra time:

“Not really, they were on top of us most of the game and we struggled against their pressure. We got a chance and got fortunate.”

COLORADO RAPIDS GOALKEEPER MATT PICKENS

On his feelings:

“It feels good. Like I was saying before it is a typical Rapids win, real gutty and we just laid everything out there. Sometimes it is not pretty, but we have a lot heart.”

On the final few minutes of the game:

“I was just hoping those balls would go right to Julien (Baudet) and Julien came up big. A lot of balls were coming off his head and I was real happy about that.”

COLORADO RAPIDS MIDFIELDER PABLO MASTROENI

On the final few minutes of the game:

“Hectic is putting it nice. We were down a man, momentum is going their way and it just seems like every second takes forever. I think the guys in the back did a great job clearing the ball, scrappy and that is when the game becomes more of a test of will than anything else. Pure heart, pure resolve and we have done it all year.”

On where the win ranks in his career:

“Right now this is No. 1. This is it all I have is today my friend, the past is already gone. This has been a beautiful ride, capping it off with a win. This has been the most exciting day of my professional career.”

On the team’s strategy in extra time:

“We didn’t change anything all game or all year really. We have the kind of players that can play.  It just takes a moment, a second to break it up, a half-chance and we found a way to win.”

COLORADO RAPIDS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR PAUL BRAVO

On winning MLS Cup:

“This is an unbelievable night for the club. Our fans have waited 15 long years for this, through our years of mediocrity to finally get to this point. It was great to see our guys celebrate with some of our fans and we are looking forward to taking the cup back and celebrating with all of them.”

On the final few minutes:

“You try and contain yourself, you really don’t have much impact in the game itself in my position.  It’s just sitting back and rooting these guys on, giving them my heart and believing in them. At the end of the night it was a great night for the Colorado Rapids.”

On roster moves during the season:

“Certainly if look at our moves throughout the year. It is not just one move that we’ve over this year you can look all the way back to us doing a draft day trade for Matt Pickens two years ago to get him into the building. To bring in great guys like Mac Kandji and Jeff Larentowicz, Wells Thompson and at the trade deadline Brian Mullan – guys who have been through the wars certainly helped us.”

On the team’s identity:

“We are as blue collar as you get but we have a great deal of spirit and belief. The way we played tonight wasn’t always great, but the guys dug in and they truly believed in themselves from the coaching staff to the guys sitting right there on the pitch.”

FC DALLAS DEFENDER UGO IHEMELU

On the game:

“We limited their chances but we gave away some unfortunate opportunities. … I think it was a little unfortunate to give up the two goals we gave up – they fought the whole time, and they weren’t willing to back down.”

On how the game played out:

“The refs make calls, and the way the game goes, we can’t fault them. We need to capitalize on opportunities and react better to the goals that they got.”

FC DALLAS GOALKEEPER KEVIN HARTMAN

On the season:

“I certainly think we have the people in this room to be successful. … I thought we did a majority of the things we needed to do to fulfill our goal.”

On the way the year ended:

“It’s really an opportunity to reflect on what I thought was a pretty phenomenal year. … We certainly gave our fans some great moments. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to lift the cup at the end of the year.”

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