Kei Kamara headed in Jack Price's corner kick in the 29th minute, and the Colorado Rapids continued their dramatic turnaround and climbed off the bottom of the Western Conference table with a 1-0 victory over Minnesota United on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Kamara's eighth goal of the season, and first in five appearances, helped the Rapids stretch their unbeaten run to five and move above the idle Portland Timbers in the West. Colorado are now 4-2-1 under interim coach Conor Casey, who took the helm after Anthony Hudson was fired following an 0-7-2 start.
Meanwhile, despite pressing numbers forward for the last hour after going behind, Minnesota registered only two efforts on target in their third consecutive loss, two coming via shutout.
The Loons remain winless all-time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (0-2-1), but still enter the Gold Cup break above the playoff line in sixth place in the West.
- 29' - COL - Kei Kamara | WATCH
- THE BIG PICTURE: Kamara's goal was the 120th of his MLS career, making him the fifth player in MLS to cross that threshold and moving him within 13 goals of D.C. great Jaime Moreno for fourth on the all-time list. He's also now two goals from the sixth double-digit season of his league career.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: There weren't really many moments of note in this one, but Kamara's goal came off a set piece executed to perfection. Look how he simply outmuscles former MLS Defender of the Year Ike Opara. Very few forwards in the league can do that.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Kei Kamara. Sometimes it is all about the goal scorer, and in this case Kamara not only scored, but offered a threat throughout the 90 minutes. His hold up play nearly contributed to a second goal by Nicolas Mezquida that was eventually disallowed following a Video Review. He even had a key defensive clearance in the 86th minute.
- COL: Wednesday, June 12 vs. New Mexico United, U.S. Open Cup 4th Rd (9 pm ET | ESPN+ in the US)
- MIN: Wednesday, June 12 vs. Sporting Kansas City, U.S. Open Cup 4th Rd (8 pm ET | ESPN+ in the US)