By Ollie Irish
A bit late to this, I know, but hearty congrats to Colorado Rapids, who won the big shiny pot in MLS for the first time in their history, with a 2-1 extra-time win over FC Dallas on Sunday in windswept Toronto. It wasn’t a classic, nor were there any wonder goals to shout about, but Rapids fans won’t mind a bit. When you make it to the final, the win is everything.
Dallas took the lead late in the first half when league MVP David Ferreira timed his run expertly and slotted home a dangerous cross from the right by Marvin Chavez.
Colorado equalised in the 57th minute through striker Conor Casey (the game’s MVP), then went in front in extra-time when a shot from substitute Macoumba Kandji was deflected in by Dallas defender George John.
Dallas rallied hard in the closing minutes but couldn’t find a way to beat Rapids keeper Matt Pickens. And so the seventh-best team in MLS – in the regular season – went all the way. Gosh.