A late Bobby Rhine penalty kick conversion salvaged a draw for the Dallas Burn in their return to the Cotton Bowl, as they played to a 1-1 result with the Colorado Rapids on Saturday night.
John Spencer gave the Rapids a 38th-minute lead, but Rhine's goal with 14 minutes remaining provided the equalizer for the Burn in their return to their first home, the club playing last year at Dragon Stadium in nearby Southlake, Texas.
Colorado then took the lead through Spencer after midfielder Mark Chung, advancing down the left flank sent the ball across the penalty area for Jean-Philippe Peguero. Peguero nodded the ball down into the path of an overlapping Spencer, who lashed a low shot on net.
Burn goalkeeper Scott Garlick, facing his former club for the first time, dove to cover the attempt but could not stop the ball from trickling over the goal line.
But the home side did draw even in the 76th minute, when another Dallas corner resulted in a penalty kick. Brad Davis swung the ball in from the left corner, trying to pick out Johnson inside the box. The cross hit the trailing arm of a backtracking Darryl Powell, who was whistled for handling the ball inside the penalty area. Burn forward Bobby Rhine stepped up to the penalty spot, easily converting with a low shot to the right corner of the net.
Both 'keepers were called upon to make key saves throughout the game, their play at opposite ends an intriguing subplot to the season opener. They were part of a much-publicized goalkeeper controversy at the end of the 2003 season, when Cannon returned to MLS, signed by the Rapids after a stint with French club RC Lens. Cannon displaced Garlick as the starting 'keeper in the MLS Cup Playoffs, leading to Garlick's departure from the Mile High club.
With the draw, Colorado remains winless in season openers, amassing a 0-7-2 record all-time. The Rapids stage their home opener on Saturday, April 17th against the Los Angeles Galaxy at INVESCO Field at Mile High, while Dallas also have next week off before they travel to the newly renovated Soldier Field to face the Chicago Fire.
MLSnet.com Man of the Match: Joe Cannon (Colorado Rapids)
COL -- John Spencer 1 (Jean-Philippe Peguero 1, Mark Chung 1) 36
DAL -- Bobby Rhine 1 (penalty kick) 75
Colorado Rapids -- Joe Cannon, Antonio de la Torre, Nat Borchers, Gary Sullivan, Ritchie Kotschau, Chris Henderson, Kyle Beckerman, Daryl Powell, Mark Chung, Jean-Philippe Peguero (Matt Crawford 89), John Spencer.
Substitutes Not Used: Adrian Cann, David Castellanos, Zach Kingsley, Scott Vallow.
TOTAL SHOTS: 5 (Jean-Philippe Peguero 2);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 2 (Jean-Philippe Peguero 1, John Spencer 1);
FOULS: 17 (Antonio de la Torre 4);
OFFSIDES: 7 (John Spencer 5);
CORNER KICKS: 1 (John Spencer 1);
SAVES: 6 (Joe Cannon 6)
Dallas Burn -- Scott Garlick, Philip Salyer, Cory Gibbs, Steve Jolley, Matt Behncke (Oscar Pareja 89), Ronnie O'Brien, Brad Davis, Simo Valakari, Eric Quill, Edward Johnson, Toni Nhleko (Bobby Rhine 71).
Substitutes Not Used: Jeff Cassar, Clarence Goodson, Ty Maurin, Ramon Nunez, Jordan Stone, Carey Talley, Jason Thompson.
TOTAL SHOTS: 20 (Ronnie O'Brien 6);
SHOTS ON GOAL: 7 (Ronnie O'Brien 3);
FOULS: 15 (Toni Nhleko 4);
OFFSIDES: 1 (Edward Johnson 1);
CORNER KICKS: 12 (Brad Davis 12);
SAVES: 1 (Scott Garlick 1)
DAL -- Simo Valakari (caution; Reckless Foul) 15
DAL -- Cory Gibbs (caution; Reckless Foul) 19
COL -- Daryl Powell (caution; Tackle from Behind) 22
COL -- Chris Henderson (caution; Reckless Foul) 66
COL -- Chris Henderson (caution; Reckless Foul) 87
COL -- Chris Henderson (ejection; Second Caution) 87
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Referee's Assistants: Chris Strickland; Thomas Supple
4th Official: Jair Marrufo
Time of Game: 1:51
Weather: Clear and 70 degrees
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial