Rapids’ season comes to end in MLS Cup Playoffs loss at Minnesota

Minnesota United FC had not lost a game in 2020 when scoring first entering Sunday night’s do-or-die matchup against the Colorado Rapids — and the Loons still haven’t.

Minnesota netted an early goal in the MLS Cup Playoffs match at Allianz Field, then sat back and countered any Rapids chances to claim a 3-0 victory that ended Colorado’s season.

The Loons used the Rapids’ youth against them and outworked Colorado. Emanuel Reynoso assisted on all three scores and Kevin Molino scored twice to send the Rapids packing.

A benign throw-in on the Rapids’ side of the field turned disastrous in the 22nd minute when sloppy defending let a ball squirt through. Molino won the loose ball to Reynoso, who dribbled to the top of the box before being taken off the ball. It was left for Molino straight away and he sent it past William Yarbrough. The play originated on the left side of the field where Sam Vines normally would be. The Rapids ironman started the game on the bench because of a hamstring injury.

Less than 10 minutes later Reynoso tried to capitalize on the counter-attack. A three-on-one rush for the Loons ended with Reynoso hitting the post.

Just after the break, the Rapids came out on fire. Getting top-notch scoring chances, the Rapids were not able to score. Cole Bassett had a few opportunities in a several-minute span, including one where goalie Dayne St. Clair was on the ground but Bakaye Dibassy cleared it off the goaline. There was a sequence that ended with Nico Benezet being dragged down in the box but no foul was called. The Rapids are the only team in MLS to not earn a penalty kick this year.

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