who on Saturday equaled the mark for the most appearances in a Rapids uniform -- pulled the home side level just two minutes later.
The Rapids enjoyed the better play in the first half, using long diagonal balls to create quality chances on the break down the flanks. Colorado's attackers tested the Dallas defense several times in the opening stanza, including forcing an early save from goalkeeper Jeff Cassar after Seth Trembly latched onto a well-played square ball in the penalty area, lashing a short-range shot on net. But Cassar dove low to his right, sweeping his arm to deflect the ball wide.
Two minutes later, Henderson equalized with an opportunistic goal from inside the box. Forward Rey Angel Martinez chased the ball down deep in the corner, swinging a dangerous cross in front of the net that forced Cassar to punch the ball clear. The clearance fell to the feet of a wide-open Henderson, who coolly slotted the ball past the stranded goalkeeper to knot the score.
Henderson made his 151st appearance with the Rapids, tying Marcelo Balboa for the team's all-time team record. Martinez, who has been training with the team since April, became the first Cuban player to start an MLS game. The 24-year-old Martinez made headlines in February 2002 when he and teammate Alberto Delgado defected from the Cuban national team during the team's stay in Los Angeles for the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The Burn dodged a bullet in the 70th minute, when Martinez ripped a shot on net, forcing a diving save from Cassar. The ball fell out wide, where Antonio de la Torre sent it back across the goalmouth for a waiting John Spencer, who turned the ball back toward the open net, but Cassar was able to make the second save to preserve the deadlock.
The Rapids were reduced to ten men in the 86th minute when Darryl Powell was shown his second yellow card of the evening, after he clipped Dallas forward Eddie Johnson from behind as he was rushing downfield with the ball on a quick counter.
Dallas extended their unbeaten streak to three games with the result, and return to the Cotton Bowl on Saturday, June 26 to face D.C. United live on ESPN2 (4 p.m. ET). The Rapids will travel to Columbus to face the Crew, also on Saturday at 7:30 pm ET.
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Rey Martinez (Colorado Rapids)
Dallas Burn (4-4-3) vs. Colorado Rapids (2-3-6)
June 19, 2004 -- Invesco Field at Mile High
DAL -- Jason Kreis 2 (Oscar Pareja 1) 49
COL -- Chris Henderson 2 (Rey Angel Martinez 1, Antonio de la Torre 2) 51
Dallas Burn -- Jeff Cassar, Steve Jolley, Philip Salyer, Chris Gbandi, Matt Behncke, Ronnie O'Brien, Oscar Pareja (Eric Quill 58), Carey Talley, Brad Davis (Jordan Stone 71), Eddie Johnson, Jason Kreis.
Substitutes Not Used: Peter Billmeyer, Clarence Goodson, Ty Maurin.
TOTAL SHOTS: 10 (Eddie Johnson 3, Ronnie O'Brien 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Jason Kreis 1, Ronnie O'Brien 1); FOULS: 13 (Jason Kreis 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (3 tied with 1); CORNER KICKS: 5 (Brad Davis 4); SAVES: 5 (Jeff Cassar 5)
Colorado Rapids -- Joe Cannon, Antonio de la Torre, Nat Borchers, Ritchie Kotschau, Matt Crawford, Chris Henderson, Kyle Beckerman (Jordan Cila 83), Daryl Powell, Seth Trembly (Joey DiGiamarino 59), Rey Angel Martinez (Adrian Cann 89), John Spencer.
Substitutes Not Used: Mark Chung, Michael Erush, Zizi Roberts, Gary Sullivan, Scott Vallow.
TOTAL SHOTS: 16 (Chris Henderson 4, Rey Angel Martinez 4); SHOTS ON GOAL: 6 (Rey Angel Martinez 2); FOULS: 14 (Kyle Beckerman 4, Daryl Powell 4); OFFSIDES: 3 (John Spencer 2); CORNER KICKS: 8 (Antonio de la Torre 4); SAVES: 1 (Joe Cannon 1)
COL -- Daryl Powell (caution; Reckless Foul) 37
DAL -- Matt Behncke (caution; Reckless Foul) 43
COL -- Kyle Beckerman (caution; Reckless Foul) 45
DAL -- Jason Kreis (caution; Dissent) 74
DAL -- Chris Gbandi (caution; Tackle from Behind) 81
COL -- John Spencer (caution; Game Disrepute) 82
COL -- Daryl Powell (ejection; Second Caution) 87
DAL -- Carey Talley (caution; Reckless Foul) 92+
Referee: Kevin Stott
Referee's Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry; Fabio Tovar
4th Official: Hilario Grajeda
Time of Game: 1:48
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial.