COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- For the second time in six days, the Colorado Rapids stunned a first-place team, exploding for a season-high three goals and all but dominating the New England Revolution from the outset in a 3-0 victory last night at
Jovan Kirovski scored twice in the first half, the second from a penalty kick, and Omar Cummings finished off the result with his first career MLS goal as the Rapids made a big jump back into the playoff race.
It took the Rapids just 10 minutes to take the lead. Terry Cooke put in a cross from the right, Colin Clark headed it back across goal, and Conor Casey got on the end of it. His shot was almost stuffed by goalkeeper Matt Reis, but Kirovski came sliding in to bury the rebound into the back of the net.
Colorado kept the pressure on early, backing New England up into its own end and creating early threats. The Revolution were unable to penetrate and possess the ball in the Rapids third of the field, and didn't get off their first shot until the half was nearly complete.
The Rapids suffered a blow shortly after the goal when defender Dan Gargan suffered an apparent knee injury in the 23d minute. Gargan was replaced by Tony Sanneh. Gargan, making his Rapids debut, was taken off on a stretcher.