Shinyashiki's goal — which he willed over the goal line with a second stab after Brad Stuver's initial save — snapped the Rapids' two-match road losing streak and sent Austin to their third consecutive home defeat.
Los Verdes are in danger of completing a four-match homestand without a goal, and they've scored in only one of their six matches at their new stadium overall while going 1-3-2.
Austin's best chance came early, when Rodney Redes whiffed on a chance from an exceptional position near the right corner of the six-yard box.
The hosts tried to turn up the pressure after halftime — and succeeded for a stretch. But Rapids' goalkeeper William Yarbrough was rarely tested. His best moment came in the 53rd minute, when he denied Hector Jimenez's effort from distance.
Stuver was the busier goalkeeper, twice making exceptional stops of Michael Barrios in first-half stoppage time.
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- THE BIG PICTURE: Austin manager Josh Wolff has expressed hope that Argentine attacker Sebastian Driussi would be able to play very soon, and it's hard to imagine he won't see the field the moment he is available. Los Verdes remain last in MLS with only 10 goals scored, and perhaps even more stunning, they have only scored in five of their 15 matches. Meanwhile, Colorado remain one of the few MLS teams that have not yet lost consecutive matches and while avenging their only home defeat, which came 3-1 against Austin back on April 24.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Colorado's goal embodied the difference between a team consistently grinding out results and a team that isn't. Michael Barrios' pass was deflected on its way to Shinyashiki. And Shinyashiki's initial shot was denied by Stuver. Yet the Rapids found a way to get the ball over the line.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Michael Barrios. He provided the attacking thrust that led to Shinyashiki's goal and probably deserved a goal himself as the most consistent threat on Stuver's goal.