The Colorado Rapids pulled off a textbook Italian-style catenaccio act at sun-splashed BC Place on Sunday, spoiling the Vancouver Whitecaps' Canada Day celebrations with a 1-0 win thanks to an oddball game-winner credited as an own goal by Marcel de Jong.
Yannick Boli smacked a deep cross by Sam Nicholson off the Whitecaps' woodwork, sparking a goalmouth melee that ended with Brian Rowe saving a Joe Mason effort at point-blank range before the rebound caromed off the backtracking de Jong and rolled over the line.
- 43' – COL – Marcel de Jong (OG) | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: In the wake of a woeful eight-game losing skid, the Rapids are suddenly undefeated in three, while the same troubling questions about this talented but flaky Whitecaps side are hanging heavy once again.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: On an afternoon when a range of curious occurrences prevented the ball from hitting Colorado's net, Nicholson, Boli and Mason combined to create a quirky sequence of their own to secure the win.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Tim Howard backstopped a defiant defensive display on the four-year anniversary of his epic World Cup performance for the US national team vs. Belgium, a satisfying outing for a legend who has fallen short of his own high standards on a few occasions during Colorado's frustrating campaign.