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RSL fall 1-0 in Colorado after early Atiba Harris goal


RSL's dominance of the Rocky Mountain Cup is in doubt after falling 1-0 to a counterattacking Colorado Rapids side at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Former RSL player Atiba Harris scored the lone goal of the match early in the first half.

The first half saw a rare penalty miss by Alvaro Saborio, whose attempt was saved by Colorado backup goalkeeper Clint Irwin. The penalty came about when Kyle Beckerman was fouled in the box during a corner kick.

Opportunities were rare in the first half, although Saborio created two good opportunities aside from the penalty. His headers all night went astray.

RSL coach Jason Kreis rolled out two substitutions at the half, with playmaker Javier Morales entering for Sebastian Velasquez and newcomer Olmes Garcia entering for rookie Devon Sandoval.

Interestingly, Sandoval and Velasquez were among the better players in that first half.

Chris Schuler and Kenny Mansally were again tormented throughout by the Colorado attacking line, with Deshorn Brown again looking dangerous after looking so strong three weeks prior. Atiba Harris made a hassle of himself for Colorado as well.

Harris's goal came about after some poor defending in the box from RSL.