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  • Drew Moor 44'
  • Quincy Amarikwa 89'

2 - 0


Moor scores in Rapids' opening win over Crew

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Kosuke Kimura saw Drew Moor standing

mere steps outside the crease and reacted in kind. The Colorado

defender put the cross on goal where Moor had a chance to get to

the ball.

"Drew Moor is on one of the best at putting a header into the

net," Kimura said. "There was never a question of where I was

taking that ball."

Moor scored in the 44th minute and the Rapids beat the Columbus

Crew 2-0 on Saturday, giving first-year coach Oscar Pareja a

victory in the season opener.

"It was a great all-around effort for Drew, who was very good on

defense as well," said Pareja, who was awarded a game ball.

"This game was satisfying because everyone came together to get

us this win."

Quincy Amarikwa added a goal in the 89th minute.

Moor's goal was set up when glare from the sun caused Columbus

goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to mishandle Rapids defender Kosuke

Kimura's lob. The ball went through Gruenebaum's hands and off

the end line.

"I never figured the sun to be down that low and because of the

sun, I lost sight of it," Gruenebaum said. "Once I got out of

the sun, I realized I wasn't under it, had to back peddle and

was off balance enough to drop the ball."

Kimura took the ensuing corner kick and sent in a long entry

kick. The ball deflected to the left side of the goal to Moor

for a header that went past Gruenebaum.

"I had been positioning myself for a header on previous

possessions," Moor said of the goal. "Kosuke put in a perfect

ball and when it got to me that would have been one of those

that it would have been harder to miss than score."

Matt Pickens made three saves and had his 34th career shutout

and 23rd with the Rapids. Pickens preserved the shutout with an

acrobatic save of a ball that caromed off several players in

front of the goal.

Colorado played without forward Conor Casey (torn left

Achilles), midfielder Jamie Smith (torn right ACL) and defender

Anthony Wallace (torn left Achilles).

"It was a tough assignment for us," Columbus coach Robert

Warzycha said. "We kept it close by limiting them to very few

chances and the chances we had came from us."

The Rapids had the only other quality scoring chance in the

first half.

Omar Cummings picked up an unforced error in the Columbus end

and broke in alone on Gruenebaum. But the goalkeeper came out

and kicked away Cummings' left-footed shot in the 18th minute.

Columbus had a scoring chance in the fifth minute. Eddie Gaven

picked up a loose ball and kicked a low drive from 40 yards that

Pickens smothered with both hands.

Milovan Mirosevic had a free kick knocked down by the wall in

the 27th minute for the Crew's only other scoring chance in the

first half.

Cummings missed two more chances to start the second half. He

picked up turnovers but sent two shots well over the crossbar.

The Colorado forward tried to squeeze a cross to Scott Palguta

but Gruenebaum got to the ball ahead of Palguta in the 52nd


Scoring Summary

  • Colorado
  • Columbus

Match Stats

  • Colorado
  • Columbus
17(5) Shots (on goal) 5(3)
11 Fouls 14
8 Corner kicks 4
2 Offsides 4
53% Time of Possession 47%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 3


  • Colorado
  • Columbus
Yellow Cards