Late Brek Shea Breakaway Goal Earns Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Win At Colorado Rapids

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Kevin Doyle #9 of the Colorado Rapids advances the ball against Real Salt Lake at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 15, 2016 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Getty Images)

COMMERCE CITY, CO (May 5, 2017)

Rapids Manager Pablo Mastroeni made a number of changes to the Starting XI to create offense. Shkelzen Gashi returned to the lineup. Alan Gordon made his first home start in Burgundy. Dillon Powers started in a holding midfield role. Jared Watts and Tim Howard returned to the lineup from suspension.

Carl Robinson had a very wide focused lineup. Matías Laba started in a holding role. Recently acquired Tony Tchani also started in midfield. Christian Bolaños and Cristian Techera started out wide. Kendall Waston started at center back in front of David Ousted. Freddy Montero started up top.

Late Brek Shea Breakaway Goal Earns Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Win At Colorado Rapids

The new look lineup gave Colorado a spring in their step. Mohammad Saeid and Mekeil Williams had some good movement on both sides of the ball. The home side had some better build up play than in previous matches. This led to a golden chance for Gordon in the fifth minute. Doyle made a run down the side line and crossed the ball right in front of goal. The No. 9 got a foot to it, but didn’t get enough on it.

Vancouver countered with some Route 1 soccer. The Caps used their wing players to cut inside and deliver crosses towards goal trying to find Montero. Their best chance came in 20th minute when Tchani took a shot that got deflected by Bobby Burling on goal. Howard reacted quickly and made the save.

Those were the two best chances of the half, which ended 0-0.

The match came alive 10 minutes into the second half. A deflection bounced off the post and off Ousted after a scramble in front of goal. After that, but teams started getting more numbers involved in the attack, opening the game up. Saeid and Techera continued to act as catalysts for the attack.

Colorado continued to push for the opening goal. Saeid and Gashi created several chances. Mastroeni brought on Dominique Badji and Marlon Hairston; both brought some life to the Rapids attack. Bolaños nearly scored in the 73rd minute off a good build up, but scuffed the shot over the bar.

It would be a substitute for the visitors that decided the match though. Brek Shea turned on the jets off a turn over in midfield. Nicolás Mezquida won a ball in midfield and sent a long ball to the streaking Shea. He ran in on Howard and beat him to make it 1-0.

The Rapids were not able to muster a response. Williams was given a second yellow for a tackle on Mezquita in the final minutes. The match ended 1-.

This is a massive result for the Whitecaps. The offense continues to be inconsistent, but they’re getting depth scoring. Brek Shea showed the skill Vancouver wanted when they traded for him.

For the Rapids, this is another tough result. They finally looked somewhat whole on defense, but couldn’t keep a clean sheet at home. The offense looked better moving the ball, but continues to struggle finishing. Another suspension to a defender will leave them shifting players next week. This club needs a bounce to go their way in the worst way possible.

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