An own-goal by Matt Hedges would be the difference maker on Saturday night for FC Dallas as the Hoops fell to the Colorado Rapids 2-1.
Dallas got on the board first with a goal from David Ferreira in the early stages of the second half only to see the Rapids respond with two of their own.
The game was delayed for an hour due to lightning in the Commerce City area. Both teams came out of the game with a slow start, finding it difficult to move the ball around thanks to the soggy field.
Dallas had a few chances in the first 20 minutes of the match with Fabian Castillo and Jackson. Both pushed forward in the attack but neither were able to really test Colorado keeper Clint Irwin.
Colorado's best first half chance came in the 40th minute, Edson Budddle was played into the penalty box and the veteran striker made one quick move around his defender and fired a shot just wide of Raul Fernandez's goal. Fernandez did not have to make a single save in the first half thanks to the stiff defense from Dallas.
The Rapids pressed right away from the start of the second half. Buddle got in behind Hedges thanks to a ball from Atiba Harris but the veteran striker's shot was tipped just wide thanks to a finger from Fernandez.
Dallas made their breakthrough in the second half thanks to play from the wings. In the 50th minute, Dallas moved the ball quickly up the field on a counter attack with Je-Vaughn Watson moving the ball to Castillo, who then found Jair Benitez on the overlapping run. Benitez played a quick ball into the penalty box which made its way through the Colorado defense to find Ferreira's feet.
The Rapids would respond in the 58th minute, Chris Klute would play a ball into the box only to be headed out by Watson, but the header from the Jamaican was a bad one and Vicente Sanchez made Dallas pay with a cool strike on the ball.
Colorado took the lead six minutes later thanks to Sanchez once more. Sanchez took a ball into the box and placed a cross to the run of Gabriel Torres but Hedges's right foot would get a touch on the ball, which would find its way into the back of the net for an own-goal.
Dallas would send numbers forward late, pushing for an equalizer. The Hoops had several free kick chances and a couple good run of play crosses but none would get on target for Dallas.
In stoppage-time, Ferreira earned a free kick in a dangerous spot outside of the penalty box. Benitez had a wonderful hit on the ball but Irwin was equal to the challenge, pushing the ball wide to preserve the game for the Rapids.
(More on this game coming up)