Colorado crushes United with second-half surge

Colorado crushes United with second-half surge
April 4, 2011, 1:45 am
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Sunday, April 3, 2011 9:43 p.

For the second straight weekend, D.C. United saw an early deficit be too much to overcome on the road, as the Black-and-Red fell 4-1 to defending MLS Cup champion Colorado. A first-half goal from Caleb Folan put the Rapids up 1-0, and the former EPL player added another in the second half as Colorado put their wealth of scoring options on full display.

United looked to find a way back into the match in the 70th minute, when rookie defender Chris Korb was given a little too much space by the Colorado midfield. Korb's well-played service found an unmarked Santino Quaranta on the far side of the box, and the former captain slammed the ball past Matt Pickens for the equalizer.

Colorado was back ahead less than a minute after Quaranta's goal, when Jamie Smith slipped behind the United defense to nod a glancing header past Pat Onstad. Things worsened for D.C. ten minutes later when Folan struck again, overpowering United defender Rodrigo Brasesco to head home from ten yards out. Colorado's final tally came from Omar Cummings, who raced onto a touch from Pablo Mastroeni to finish calmly in injury time.

United returns to play on Wednesday with a U.S. Open Cup match against Philadelphia before Saturday's critical showdown with Los Angeles. The loss drops D.C. to 1-2 on the season.