Rapids beat Red Bulls on second-half goals

The Associated PressJuly 5, 2013 

Nathan Sturgis scored in the 47th minute, and Clint Irwin got his sixth shutout of the season to lift the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Thursday night in Commerce City, Colo.

Deshorn Brown also scored for Colorado, which last lost at home to New York on July 8, 2007 — improving to 4-0-1 since.

New York was shut out for the fifth time this season. The Red Bulls are 2-3-1 in their last six games while getting outscored 9-6 in that stretch.

After a calm first half the Rapids went right after Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles.

Colorado pressured from the start of the second half and had two other shots directed at the goal. Edson Buddle’s shot was blocked by several players. Dillon Powers ran it down but his shot was kicked away by New York defender Markus Holgersson, who was standing in the crease.

Sturgis ran down the rebounded ball and deposited it past Robles. It was Sturgis’ fourth goal of the season.

Christopher Klute set up Brown with a perfectly timed cross in the 68th minute. Brown was waiting by the right post and connected.

Chivas USA 0, at FC Dallas 0: Dan Kennedy earned his first shutout of the season helping Chivas to a scoreless draw with Dallas.

Chivas extended its winless streak to 12; Dallas has gone five straight without a victory and is two points behind Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake.

Chivas outshot Dallas 17-6, holding a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal.

At Galaxy 2, Crew 1: Robbie Keane converted two penalty kicks in the closing minutes, rallying Los Angeles past Columbus in Carson, Calif.

Keane beat Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum to the lower right corner in the 85th minute and again in the second minute of stoppage time to give the Galaxy just its third win in its past eight matches.

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