Major League Soccer
Agogo’s pair of goals help Colorado quell Revolution 2-1.
DENVER (Monday, May 29, 2000) -- Junior Agogo had a pair of goals for the Colorado Rapids who knocked off the New England Revolution for the second time in 11 days, 2-1 before 5,162 at Mile High Stadium this afternoon.
Agogo, acquired early in the season from the Chicago Fire for a draft pick, now has six goals in nine games in a Rapids uniform.
Colorado (6-7, 18 points) beat New England 4-3 with a stirring comeback at Foxboro Stadium on May 17.
The Revolution (5-4-4, 19 points) had won three of its last four games, but Colorado got on the board first in the 38th minute. Henry Zambrano controlled the ball in traffic on the left side and volleyed a short pass to Paul Bravo through the center. Bravo then found an open Agogo at the top of the box. Agogo walked in alone on Jeff Causey, and easily slotted home his fifth goal just inside the right post to make it 1-0.
Agogo was able to generate several decent scoring chances throughout the first half. New England's best chance for a first half equalizer came in the 45th minute when Imad Baba had a clear header go wide after a Mauricio Ramos free kick caromed off the Colorado wall to the Revolution midfielder.
The Revolution had the better of play for most of the second half, pressing forward looking to pull even . But with 10 minutes to go, Colorado mounted a counterattack. David Vaudreuil floated a cross from the right corner to an open Agogo. Rusty Pierce then hauled down the Rapids striker for a penalty kick.
Causey, diving to his left, stopped Agogo's penalty attempt but the rebound came right back to the Rapids forward and with an easy tap-in, he made it 2-0. Causey has now stopped all three penalty kicks he's faced this season.
"It's no secret we haven't played well at home, but today was much better," Colorado coach Glenn Myrnick said. "At home you want to play good, entertaining soccer, and today we did that. I was very happy with our performance."
Paul Keegan finally broke through for New England in the 90th minute. Late second-half substitute Jamar Beasley ran onto a Joey Franchino long ball and beat a pair of defenders in the right corner. Beasley found Keegan unmarked in the box and the veteran's shot banked off Rapids defender Keyeno Thomas past keeper Adin Brown to make it 2-1.
Brown made several quality saves late in the game to preserve the victory. The rookie stoned Beasley on a breakaway in the 87th minute, then scurried to his feet to tip Baba's follow-up just over the bar.
The Rapids were playing without several key players, as has been the case throughout the season. Defender Marcelo Balboa sat out with a knee injury, while top striker Jorge Dely Valdes was absent after competing for Panama in World Cup qualifying over the weekend. Midfielders Anders Limpar and Ross Paule saw action in the second half, Paule playing for the first time this season.
"It felt pretty good out there. It was just so nice to be in a real game, I couldn't wait to step on the field when coach told me to warm up, Paule said. "I really didn't even think about the knee, it was just not playing for so long and coming back on such a hot day that was tough. "It's been very frustrating being out for so long, but now I want to put all of that behind me. Now I am back and hopefully I can get back in the team and stay there for good."
Colorado Rapids 2, New England Revolution 1Lineups: Colorado - Adin Brown, Chris Martinez, Scott Vermillion, David Vaudreuil, Keyeno Thomas, Jason Moore, Matt Okoh (Joey DiGiamarino 65), Henry Zambrano, Paul Bravo, Paul Dougherty (Ross Paule 73), Junior Agogo (Anders Limpar 84). New England - Jeff Causey, Brian Dunseth (Shaker Asad 72), Ivan McKinley, Joe Franchino, Rusty Pierce, Mauricio Ramos, Leonel Alvarez, Imad Baba, Ted Chronopoulos (Jamar Beasley 84), Wolde Harris, William Sunsing (Paul Keegan 61).
Total shots: Colorado 14 (Agogo 7), New England 17 (Baba 6). Shots on goal: Colorado 5 (Agogo 4), New England 6 (Baba 2, Beasley 2). Saves: Colorado - Brown 5; New England - Causey 3. Fouls: Colorado 14 (Moore 3, Okoh 3, Martinez 3). Offside: Colorado 5, New England 3. Corner kicks: Colorado 5, New England 3. Yellow card cautions: Colorado - Zambrano 26, Brown 91+; New England - Franchino 35, Ramos 60, Pierce 71. Possession percentage: Colorado 58, New England 42.
Referee: Ali Saheli. Referee's assistants: Roger Itaya, Scott McCaslin. Attendance: 5,162 at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Weather: Hot, sunny, 88 degrees.