Major League Soccer
Columbus Crew 4, Colorado Rapids 1
Revenge was the dish of choice at Crew Stadium on Sunday.
After suffering a heart-breaking defeat last year in the MLS Playoffs to Colorado, Columbus responded in their first meeting of 2011 with a 4-1 win at home. It's the first time this season the Crew has won back-to-back games.
The Rapids' Conor Casey broke first and early when, five minutes into the match, he scored on a header crossed in by Jamie Smith.
But the Crew was there to respond. Eddie Gaven picked off a pass deep in Colorado territory and turned it into a goal. Andres Mendoza also found the back of the net in the first half, his sixth of the season.
With the Rapids back against the wall, Casey made an ill-advised play late in the opening 45 minutes, barreling forward on a loose ball in the penalty box, when he ran into Crew keeper Williams Hesmer.
Casey was issued a red card, leaving Colorado down a player and all but out of the match.
Mendoza made sure the Rapids stayed that way with a toe-tapping goal three minutes into the second half, his seventh of the year, one back of the MLS lead.
Tom Heinemann added a score in the 57th minute.
Columbus returns to the pitch Tuesday for a U.S. Open Cup match against the Richmond Kickers.
The Crew's next MLS game is Saturday, July 2nd at FC Dallas.
To View Highlights and Coach Robert Warzycha's Post-Game Press Conference, Click on the video links to the left.