U.S. Open Cup
Richmond Kickers rush to a 3-0 shutout of the MLS's Rapids.
RICHMOND, Va. -- The A-League’s Richmond Kickers shocked the Colorado Rapids of MLS, 3-0, getting goals from Gregory Messam, Keith Donohue and Tony Williams within an 11-minute span midway through the second half at University of Richmond Stadium.
Next up for Richmond is MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes in the third round.
Played in a constant and heavy downpour, the beginning of the game was delayed 90 minutes by thunderstorms with constant lightning.
Colorado was defeated in last season's U.S. Open Cup championship game 2-0 by the Rochester Raging Rhinos of the A-League.
From the outset, Richmond came out in a defensive posture, with just one forward playing in front of five midfielders and four defenders. After both teams waited for 90 minutes as lightning lit up the Richmond skies, Colorado came out and nearly broke through the bunkered formation in the first minute. Junior Agogo found space from 18 yards out to fire a shot that goalkeeper Mike McGinty dove and saved, but left a rebound at the left post. Paul Bravo pounced and fired, but McGinty recovered to deny Bravo at the post and save the home side from an early setback.
Colorado striker Junior Agogo had a header cleared off the goal line by Richmond's Donohue in the 24th minute. Eleven minutes later, it was the goalpost denying the Rapids when a Marcelo Balboa free kick from 20 yard deflected off the defensive wall, redirected over helpless goalkeeper Mike McGinty, but hit the right post. McGinty hen turned away Agogo's rebound attempt.
After the break, with the rain continuing to provide a wet and slick surface, the home side nearly took advantage of a goalkeeping error by David Kramer. A poor clearance by the goalkeeper was picked off, and eventually played in to Marco Ferruzzi, behind the defense and alone on Kramer. But the Rapids' goalkeeper atoned for his mistake, diving down to his left to make a great save from ten yards out and keep the game scoreless.
With the Rapids yet to solve the A-League side, it was indeed the lower-division team who did take the lead in the 66th minute. In the 66th minute, Kevin Knight, in the right corner, dropped the ball to Chris Fox, who skipped a cross through the penalty area to an unmarked Messam at the far post where he converted an easy tap-in put the home side up 1-0.
In the 74th minute, Donohue made no mistake with a loose ball at the top of the box and hit a low drive that beat keeper David Kramer and tucked inside the left post to make it 2-0.
Three minutes later, the Kickers padded the lead to 3-0 when Dwayne DeRosario sprinted down the right flank and played a low cross into the box. Again there was no Colorado player to defend it and the ball skidded across to Williams who beat Kramer.
Richmond Kickers 3, Colorado Rapids 0Lineups: Richmond - Mike McGinty; Chris Fox, Chris Brown, Scott Cannon, Josh McKay; Kevin Knight, Gregory Messam, Marco Ferruzzi (Tony Williams 71), Paul Lekics, Keith Donohue (Peter Luzak 80); Dwayne DeRosario (Kwaku 84). Colorado - Adin Brown; Keyeno Thomas (Jorge Dely Valdes 71), Marcelo Balboa, Chris Martinez; Scott Vermillion (Jason Bent 36), Ross Paule, David Vaudreuil, Paul Dougherty (Anders Limpar 57), Jason Moore; Junior Agogo, Paul Bravo.
Total shots: Richmond 8, Colorado 14. Shots on goal: Richmond 8, Colorado 7. Saves: Richmond - McGinty 9; Colorado - Brown 3. Fouls: Richmond 16, Colorado 15. Offside: Richmond 3, Colorado 1. Corner kicks: Richmond 2, Colorado 7. Yellow card cautions: Hendrickson (shirt pulling) 26, Hendrickson (tackle from behind) 72; Colorado - Vermillion (tackle from behind) 55, Agogo (pushing) 86. Red card ejections: Hendrickson (2nd yellow card) 72.
Referee: Paul Tamberino. Referee's assistants: Terry Vaughn, Rudy Bettman. Attendance: 13,431 at University of Richmond Stadium in Richmond, Va. Weather: n/a.
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