MLS Cup 2010
November 21, 2010
MVP: Conor Casey (COL)
TORONTO – The Colorado Rapids earned their first MLS Cup trophy after defeating FC Dallas 2-1 in overtime in front of a crowd of 21,700 at BMO Field in Toronto.
The title is the first for the Denver-based franchise, who was making their first appearance in the championship game since the 1997 campaign when they bowed to D.C. United by the same score of 2-1.
The Rapids forced the game winner off an own goal from FC Dallas defender George John in the 107th minute. Colorado substitute forward Macoumba Kandji danced his way through the box and forced the ball across the middle, where it took a deflection off the leg of John and found its way past Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman and into the back of the net.
David Ferreira gave FC Dallas, who was competing in its first-ever MLS Cup, a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute. Ferreira, the regular season Most Valuable Player, volleyed home a cross from Marvin Chavez from just outside the six-yard box.
Conor Casey earned game MVP honors after his 56th minute equalizer forced overtime, the seventh such occasion in the league’s 15 year history.
DAL -- David Ferreira 2 (Marvin Chavez 2, Jair Benitez 1) 35
COL -- Conor Casey 2 (unassisted) 57
DAL -- own goal 1(George John 1) 107
COL -- Anthony Wallace (caution; Reckless Tackle) 41
COL -- Jamie Smith (caution; Reckless Tackle) 51
COL -- Conor Casey (caution; Reckless foul) 84
DAL -- Jair Benitez (caution; Reckless Foul) 84
Colorado Rapids -- Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace (Julien Baudet 92+), Marvell Wynne, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Brian Mullan, Jamie Smith (Wells Thompson 90), Conor Casey, Omar Cummings (Macoumba Kandji 98).
Substitutes Not Used: Steward Ceus, Ian Joyce, Quincy Amarikwa, Claudio Lopez, Scott Palguta.
FC Dallas -- Kevin Hartman, Jair Benitez, Jackson (Zach Loyd 34), Ugo Ihemelu, George John, Marvin Chavez (Eric Avila 105), Daniel Hernandez, Dax McCarty, Brek Shea (Jeff Cunningham 64), David Ferreira, Atiba Harris.
Substitutes Not Used: Jon Kempin, Eric Kronberg, Eric Alexander, Bruno Guarda, Ruben Luna.
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assistants: C.J. Morgante; Craig Lowry
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
Weather: Clear, 43 degrees