COMMERCE CITY, COLO. - Conor Casey scored in the second half, and the Colorado Rapids held on to defeat the lowscoring Seattle Sounders FC, 1-0, on Saturday night.
Casey scored his fourth goal this year for Colorado (5-3-1). His previous goals came on penalty kicks.
Seattle (3-5-3) was shut out for the fifth time this season – this time by Rapids goalie Matt Pickens, who posted his third shutout of the season. The Sounders have a Western Conference-low nine goals, one fewer than the Rapids.
“We had some good chances in the first half and didn’t capitalize on our chances,” Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said. “If you give up a goal and you don’t score, you lose the game.”
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Each team had scoring chances but nothing to show for it in the first half. Seattle’s Pat Noonan had a header smothered in the opening moment by Pickens. Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller caught a header by Colorado’s Omar Cummings from just outside the crease in the eighth minute.
Neither team mounted a scoring threat in the second half until Casey took a pass from Cummings at midfield and carried it to just outside the scoring box.
Casey freed himself from Seattle midfielder Steve Zakuani and sent a shot past Keller’s right arm in the 63rd minute.