[U.S. OPEN CUP] New York may be struggling in league play, but the U.S. Open Cup is a different story.
The Red Bulls reached the third round by beating Colorado, 3-0, Wednesday at Red Bull Arena. John Wolyniec scored the first two goals, and Conor Chinn added a third to reverse a three-game losing streak in league play and land a place in the final 16 against an opponent to be determined.
Wolyniec scored in the 11th and 43rd minutes. He scored the first goal from a low cross served from the right flank by Irving Garcia, and netted again after Tony Tchani burst into the attacking third to supply Wolyniec with a ball he drove into the net.
Chinn scored in the 56th minute on a play triggered by Sinisa Ubiparipovic, who earlier had relayed the ball to Garcia on the first goal. Ubiparipovic played a ball into the penalty area that the Rapids failed to clear and Chinn lifted it over the dive of goalkeeper Ian Joyce.
The Rapids finished the match with 10 men; Danny Earls plowed into Ubiparipovic on a late tackle and was sent off.
In previous preliminary matches against MLS opposition, New York beat Philadelphia, 2-1, and New England, 3-0.
The Red Bulls return to league action Saturday with a road game against the Revs.
The Rapids host Seattle, which beat Boca Juniors, 3-0, in a friendly on Wednesday.
May 26 in Harrison, N.J.
New York 3 Colorado 0. Goals: Wolyniec 11, 43, Chinn 56.
New York -- Sutton, Miller (Borman 46), Sassano, Mendes (Petke, 46), Albright, Hall, Ubiparipovic, Tchani, Garcia (Stammler 68), Wolyniec (Richards 68), Chinn
Colorado -- Joyce, Wynne, Baudet (Holody 53), Moor, Earls, LaBauex, Larentowicz (Ballouchy 46), Lopez, Thompson (Cummings 70), Clark, Amarikwa (Akpan 46).
Referee: Niko Bratsis