Colorado Rapids take early lead but extends winless skid to nine games with 2-2 tie against Chicago Fire

COMMERCE CITY — The Colorado Rapids built a two-goal lead Wednesday and snapped their eight-game losing streak, longest in Major League Soccer this year. But the Rapids failed to hold the lead and get the win, walking off the pitch at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a 2-2 tie against the Chicago Fire.

The game’s four goals came within the first 24 minutes of the game, with Colorado scoring the first two before the 16th minute.

It’s been a brutal week for the Rapids. Exactly one week before hosting the Fire, they failed to produce a shot and lost a U.S. Open Cup game 2-0 to the second-division Nashville SC of the United Soccer League. Colorado’s road trip continued through Houston, where it lost its eighth straight MLS game to the Dynamo 2-0 on Saturday.

The Rapids are now 0-8-1 since beginning the season 2-1-1.

Colorado jumped ahead against the Fire with goals from Dominque Badji in the seventh minute and Tommy Smith in the 15th. Smith assisted on Badji’s goal before scoring with a back-door header off a feed from Jack Price to make it 2-0.

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Badji’s goal was just what the doctor ordered for this struggling team. He made a sharp pivot move in front of two defenders before also fooling goalkeeper Richard Sanchez.

The 2-0 lead didn’t last long. Rapids defender Danny Wilson inadvertently scored an own goal to cut Chicago’s lead in half. The mistake came in the 20th minute just a couple feet from Colorado’s goal line. Wilson found the ball on his foot and chipped it high in goalie Tim Howard’s net instead of clearing it from danger.

The Fire tied it just four minutes leader when Aleksandar Katai beat the Rapids’ Smith in a footrace down the right wing and lofted a strong shot past Howard and inside the far post.

Both teams had five attempted shots in the first half.

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Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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