Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Mastroeni is Rapids' unlikely hero
by Paul Kennedy, October 29th, 2010 12:55AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  colorado rapids, columbus crew, mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] The Colorado Rapids, fifth in the Western Conference, beat the Eastern Conference runner-up Columbus Crew, 1-0, in the first leg of their conference semifinal series thanks to the unlikeliest of heroes. Pablo Mastroeni, who has scored only six goals in 286 regular-season games in his 13-year career and was scoreless in 23 playoff games entering Thursday's match, had the lone goal.

(Click here for full highlights.)

Mastroeni, the lone survivor from the last Rapids team to make the playoffs in 2006, started the play and finished it on Colorado's winning goal in the 23rd minute.

He stole the ball in midfield and started the break that saw Omar Cummings break clear down the right wing. Conor Casey
was the intended target of Cummings' cross to the near post, but the ball rolled across the penalty area and came to Mastroeni, who easily beat Crew goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum.

Gruenebaum was playing in his first playoff games in five MLS seasons in place of the injured William Hesmer, out after breaking his shoulder in Sunday's 3-1 win at Philadelphia in the regular-season finale.

Columbus had a chance to equalize in the 84th minute, but Rapids goalie Matt Pickens stopped Andy Iro's open header from eight yards.

The Crew was also without Danny O'Rourke, sidelined since mid-September, and it looks like forward Emilio Renteria will be out of the series against the Rapids with knee problems.

The second leg will be played Nov. 6 at Crew Stadium.

Oct. 28 in Commerce City, Colo.
Colorado 1 Columbus 0. Goal: Mastroeni 1 (Casey 1, Cummings 1) 23.
Colorado -- Pickens, Kimura (Baudet, 89), Moor, Wynne, Wallace, Mullan, Larentowicz, Mastroeni, Thompson (Kandji 75), Casey, Cummings.
Columbus -- Gruenebaum, Hejduk, Marshall, Iro, Francis, Ekpo, Gaven, Carroll (Burns 84), Rogers, Lenhart (Garey 68), Barros Schelotto (Mendoza 68).
Yellow Cards: Colorado -- Mastroeni 92+; Carroll 57.
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Att.: 11,872.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
FC Dallas forward Akindele named top MLS rookie    
Tesho Akindele, who scored seven goals and added three assists for FC Dallas, earned the 2014 ...
What They're Saying: Bradley Wright-Phillips    
"I thought Jermaine Jones reffed a good game today." -- New York Red Bull Bradley Wright-Phillips ...
The Good, the Bad and -- Messi conquers Spain     
[EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL] A Liverpool player falls asleep watching his team lose, a French golazo ...
Wright-Phillips befuddled, Donovan confident    
[MLS PLAYOFFS: Reaction] In a match that produced 10 yellow cards -- the most for an ...
A cavalcade of Bundesliga own goals     
[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] World Cup champion Christoph Kramer scoring a 40-yard own goal earlier ...
What They're Saying: Sigi Schmid    
"If we weren't creating chances, I'd be concerned. But we're creating chances and we had some ...
NCAA Division I Women's Tournament Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] Top-ranked UCLA needed a goal from Sam Mewis in the 88th minute to beat ...
U.S. Abroad: Weekend Hot (and Cold) List    
Aron Johannsson scored his first goal in more than seven months for AZ in its 1-0 ...
WFC2 to set up shop on UBC campus    
[MLS SPOTLIGHT] The Vancouver Whitecaps became the seventh MLS club to launch a second team in ...
Youth Boys Report: U.S. U-17s take third in Chile    
The U.S. under-17 national team fell to Brazil, 4-3, in its second game at the Copa ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives