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Own goal gives Rapids first title
November 21st, 2010 9:12PM

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[MLS CUP 2010] The Colorado Rapids won their first MLS championship with a 2-1 win over FC Dallas on George John's own goal in overtime.

The goal came early in the second overtime when sub Macoumba Kandji's shot deflected off John and went into the goal at the near post.

Dallas had two late chances, but goalie Matt Pickens saved John's shot and Jeff Cunningham's shot heading toward the goal was cleared away by Drew Moor.

Just as he did in the Western Conference final at Los Angeles, MLS MVP David Ferreira opened the scoring for FC Dallas with a well-taken ball following a ball from Marvin Chavez that split the Rapids' backline.

Conor Casey had scored from close range early in the second half to even the final.

Nov. 21 in Toronto
Colorado 2 FC Dallas 1 (OT) Goals
: Casey 57, own goal (John) 107; Ferreira 35.
Colorado -- Pickens, Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Wallace (Baudet, 92+), Mullan, Mastroeni, Larentowicz, Smith (Thompson, 90), Cummings (Kandji, 98), Casey.
FC Dallas -- Hartman; Jackson (Loyd, 33), John, Ihemelu, Benitez, Chavez (Avila, 105), Hernandez, McCarty, Shea (Cunningham, 64), Ferreira, Harris.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo.
Att.: 21,700



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  1. Gus Keri
    commented on: November 22, 2010 at 8:10 a.m.
    "a ball from Marvin Chavez that split the Rapids' backline." Are you sure you were watching the same game?

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: November 22, 2010 at 8:23 a.m.
    Definately not impressed with Colorado's play, Connor Casey played like an ass and the game itself reminded me of the Spain/Netherlands World cup finals, FC Dallas being Spain and Colorado being the Netherlands. I'm not a fan of either team but enjoy watching soccer.

  1. Amos Annan
    commented on: November 22, 2010 at 8:06 p.m.
    Don't believe that this kind of goal should be called an "own goal". A ball struck hard and glancing off a player should be awarded as a goal to the player who struck it. Instead this recorded as if the defender (George John) caused it. Very unfair to the defender. It would be different if you could reasonably say that the defender could have done something different to change the outcome.

  1. Kerry Ogden
    commented on: November 23, 2010 at 1:04 p.m.
    "Amos" your wrong about the own goal. Kandji toe poked the ball through the defenders legs deflecting off the foot of the defender and into the air catching John's offguard to result in the Own Goal. This is one of very few times the ref got the call right.

  1. Kenneth Cabral
    commented on: November 23, 2010 at 3:21 p.m.
    I agree with Amos that the last goal scored should not be called an own goal. I was at the game and the ball bounced around off of several players. The ball glanced off of John and into the goal. There was nothing John could do to stop it from going in. This was not an own goal!


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