Orlando City blanks Colorado Rapids to remain unbeaten at home

Orlando City SC forward Giles Barnes (14) jumps over Colorado Rapids midfielder Jared Watts (33) during the first half.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Carlos Rivas scored from distance midway through the second half, Joe Bendik only had to make one save to earn his third shutout and Orlando City remained unbeaten at home with a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.

Kaka, former World Player of the year who has been out since injuring his hamstring in the season opener, subbed in at the 60-minute mark and provided the clincher for Eastern Conference leading Orlando (6-1-0), which is 5-0 at home, in stoppage time.

Rivas notched his first goal of the season in the 70th minute, a left-footed rocket from outside the box into the upper right corner that left Zac MacMath flatfooted. The game was the final of a three-game suspension for Rapids starting keeper Tim Howard.

Colorado (1-5-1) only had three shots, just one on target. It was only the 16th on-target ball for the Rapids this season. Going into the day, Colorado was last in the league in on-target shots by nine.

A minute into stoppage time, Cyle Larin put a shot off the post but Kaka was in position to tap in the rebound.