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Colorado Rapids concede in the final seconds, settling for draw with Houston Dynamo | Colorado Rapids

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Cities of Commerce • The Colorado Rapids are two seconds behind Saturday’s decisive victory at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

A volley from Rapids defender Laras Abubakar early in the second half looked like all the Rapids needed to secure the three points. Then Rapids midfielder Bryan Acosta was sent off in the 80th minute of his game, before Houston striker Sebastian Ferreira struck with a left-footed shot in the final action of the 1–1 draw, giving William his 94:58 lead. I dodged Yarbrough.

The sequence started when Yarbrough played a long ball from behind and Sam Nicholson tried to keep the play going, rolling for a Houston throw-in. Dynamo quickly moved the ball to the right before Hector Herrera cut inside and laid the ball off to Ferreira.

“We were trying to keep the line tight, absorb the pressure and release it. What we wanted to do was almost perfect,” said Rapids midfielder Colin Warner. “We would get a great clearance and Sam would have kept that clearance. We were very close. It was one play to go.”

The referee blew the whistle to end the match shortly after the Rapids resumed action.

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A win would have catapulted the Rapids into the seventh and final spot in the playoff picture.

Both teams had chances in the first ten minutes, but Abubakar’s header went wide of goal before Rapids goalkeeper William Yarbrough made a 1–1 save minutes later to deny Herrera. Neither team created many chances for the next half hour until Jonathan Lewis fired a shot just outside Steve Clarke’s goal in the 40th minute. Yarbrough and Clarke made saves in the final minutes to keep the game scoreless to start the second half.

Abubakar opened the scoring in the 48th minute, a minute after Gyasi Zardes headed in early in the second half.

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“His defense was rock solid. Rapids manager Robin Fraser said of Abubakar, who scored his fourth goal of the season on Saturday. “He looked confident. It looked like he was there, and in the set-pieces, he was great.”

The Rapids played the final 10 minutes of regulation and five minutes of stoppage time without Keegan Rosenberry, who was sidelined with injury, and Brian Acosta, who was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 80th minute. Did. Houston thought he had equalized when Fafa Picault’s header slipped past Yarbrough in the 83rd minute, but was whistled for shoving Abubakar to create space. Dynamo scored in the final action of the match.

Both teams finished with nine shots, with Colorado attempting a goal against Houston’s three.

“It’s hard to put a positive spin on after conceding a late goal like that. It wasn’t good,” Warner said.

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“We thought it was good enough to see it, but we weren’t able to get the three points we needed.

The Rapids continue their upward trajectory heading into a slightly steeper playoff next Saturday in Philadelphia.

“Our backs are pretty flat against the wall now,” said Fraser. “So we have to stand up.”