Rapids snap winless streak vs RSL
Joseph Nane scored his first career goal and Matt Pickens became the franchise's winningest goalkeeper as the Colorado Rapids snapped a franchise worst six-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.
Colorado (8-14-1) had been outscored 11-4 during the skid. The Rapids hadn't collected a point since a 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers on June 30.
Pickens made one save as he posted his sixth shutout of the year and 38th of his career in gaining his 40th win with Colorado. He had been tied at 39 with Marcus Hahnemann.
Rapids midfielder Brian Mullan became the 15th player to appear in 300 MLS games.
Nane scored on a rebound after the Rapids had pressured Real Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando. Nane had missed a quality chance earlier in the game.
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Real Salt Lake (13-8-3) had won two straight in MLS action and the loss kept it from moving into first place in the Western Conference past idle San Jose. Salt Lake also failed to complete a sweep of its three-game season series with Colorado.
Real Salt Lake has been shut out in its past three road games.
Omar Cummings set up a wide-open shot by Nane in the 12th minute that Rimando moved over and caught with both hands.
Real Salt Lake had its only scoring chance of the first half, a header by Justin Braun off a feed from Jonny Steele that Pickens batted away in the 15th minute. The ball stayed loose near the crease but Real Salt Lake couldn't get control.
Nane's goal came after Jaime Castrillon had his shot blocked by defenders. The ball came right back to Nane, who sent a left-footed kick past Rimando just beneath the crossbar.
Castrillon missed two chances to extend the lead in the second half. He missed a wide-open net in the 54th minute after a Real Salt Lake turnover and hit the left post with Rimando out of position in the 68th minute.