Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySoccer World DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America ClassifiedsGame Report
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

TAGS:  colorado rapids, columbus crew, mls


[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



Recent Soccer America Daily
Lloyd and Ellis are nominees for FIFA awards    
Carli Lloyd, whose hat trick led the USA to a 5-2 win over Japan in the ...
Waldrum (still without a contract) returns to T&T women    
When Trinidad & Tobago faces the USA in the first of two friendlies Sunday in Honolulu, ...
What They're Saying: Orlando City owner Flavio Augusto da Silva    
"Five years ago, [MLS] paid to [be on television]. In 2010, it was paid $68 million, ...
New U-17 cycle begins on cautionary note    
In past years, the Nike International Friendlies, the annual year-end tournament for the age group that ...
Report: Miami Beckham United moves on to fourth option    
David Beckham's group seeking a home for an MLS club has its maps of Miami out ...
Close call can't erase Red Bulls' sense of accomplishment    
A year that started in controversy and uproar ended with another playoff setback, but during 2015 ...
What They're Saying: Dax McCarty    
"The first thing I want to do is to apologize to our fans. They've been fantastic ...
Video Pick: Dortmund pals perform synchronized warm-up    
Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the Bundesliga's leading scorer, and Marco Reus' balletic warmup (dubbed a "Bromance ...
Video Pick: Barcelona delivers a Messi & Neymar montage    
Barcelona put together a one-minute video featuring the feats of its two FIFA Ballon d'Or 2015 ...
MLS: RSL's Schuler, Gil and Silva are out of contract    
Real Salt Lake re-signed defender Jamison Olave and exercised the 2016 contract options on seven players, ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives