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Brown, Beckerman lead Colorado past RSL 2-0.

SALT LAKE CITY (Monday, April 30, 2007) -- Forward Roberto Brown and midfielder Kyle Beckerman struck in a four-minute span midway through the second half to send the Colorado Rapids to a 2-0 Major League Soccer victory over Real Salt Lake tonight before 14,173 at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

The scoring burst ruined the debut of Salt Lake goalkeeper Chris Seitz who, 49 days past his 20th birthday, was the second-youngest player to start in an MLS match in net. Salt Lake (0-2-2) remained winless, turning to Seitz after previous starter Nick Rimando was torched in a 4-0 setback April 21 to Chivas USA. That loss was also costly because playmaker Any Williams went down with a high ankle sprain that will keep him out four-to-eight weeks.

Colorado (2-1-1) went ahead 1-0 when Brown beat defender Danny Torres to a long ball, gained control just inside the penalty area and cut into the middle, beating Seitz from 12 yards with a shot into a top corner of the net

Four minutes later, Colorado had an indirect kick in the RSL box after Seitz mistakenly picked up a back-pass from teammate Jack Stewart. After a first shot by striker Herculez Gomez into the net was waved off because referee Abbey Okulaja had not blown his whistle to allow play to continue, Gomez hit a ball that was deflected by the Salt Lake defensive wall. The ball fell to Beckerman who hit a volley into the net for a 2-0 lead.

Despite a pair if early mistakes, Colorado managed to keep RSL offthe scoreboard. A poor clearance by defender Mike Petke, led to an open shot by midfielder Chris Klein, but it went well high. After RSL striker Jeff Cunningham stripped Rapids defender Pablo Mastroeni in the 32nd minute, midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy received a cross from Cunnigham, but his shot was forced wide by Rapds keeper Bouna Coundoul.

Seitz needed to fully extend to deflect a shot by Gomez in the 49th minute.


Colorado 2, Salt Lake 0

Lineups: Salt Lake - Chris Seitz, Jack Stewart, Eddie Pope, Daniel Torres, Willis Forko (Atiba Harris 78), Chris Klein, Mehdi Ballouchy, Jason Kreis, Carey Talley, Freddy Adu, Jeff Cunningham. Colorado - Bouna Coundoul, Pablo Mastroeni, Ugo Ihemelu, Mike Petke, Greg Vanney, Terry Cooke (Nico Colaluca 69), Kyle Beckerman, Jovan Kirovski, Herculez Gomez (Dan Gargan 88), Roberto Brown, Nicolas Hernandez.

Scoring:
Colorado - Brown 2 (unassisted) 71.
Colorado - Beckerman 1 (unassisted) 75.

Total shots: Salt Lake 11 (Ballouchy 3, Klein 3), Colorado 11 (Gomez 3, Hernandez 3). Shots on goal: Salt Lake 4 (four tied with 1), Colorado 4 (Beckerman 2). Saves: Salt Lake - Seitz 2; Colorado - Coundoul. Fouls: Salt Lake 8 (Stewart 4), Colorado 11 (four tied with 2). Offside: Salt Lake 5 (Cunningham 2), Colorado 6 (Brown 3, Hernandez 3). Corner kicks: Salt Lake 3 (Ballouchy 2), Colorado 3 (Cooke 2). Yellow card caution: Vanney 78. Referee: Abiodun Okulaja. Referee's assistants: Emiliano Monje, Peter Balciunas. Fourth official: Tyler Ploeger. Time of game: 1:49. Attendance: 14,173 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. Weather: Clear, 74 degrees.

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