The Philadelphia Union just snapped a lengthy road scoring
drought in a big way. A similar performance in Colorado against the
reigning champion would make a major statement to the rest of
Philadelphia tries for a franchise-record third straight win
Saturday night when it faces a Rapids team trying to extend its
undefeated stretch to eight following five consecutive ties.
Entering the match with no goals in their previous three games
away from home, the Union (6-3-2) ended a 355-minute stretch
without a road goal with Saturday’s 6-2 win over Toronto. It was
the highest-scoring game for Philadelphia in its two-year
“Everyone has been talking about how we haven’t scored too many
goals, but I think we proved them wrong in this game,” midfielder
Gabriel Farfan told the Union’s official website after scoring his
first MLS goal.
Philadelphia, two points ahead of New York for the Eastern
Conference lead, also could quiet some critics with its first win
at Colorado. The Union fell 4-1 in their only visit there Sept. 29,
and the Rapids have not allowed more than one goal in any of their
six home games this season.
“We’re not too worried about what other teams think about us,
but to get a result there would show that we can compete with the
best in the league, and hopefully we are one of the better teams in
the league,” said midfielder Justin Mapp, who along with Danny
Mwanga, posted his first career two-goal game Saturday.
The defending MLS Cup champion Rapids (4-3-6) were expected to
be among the best in the league, but injuries to last season’s top
scorers – Conor Casey (hamstring) and Omar Cummings (right ankle) –
have been difficult to overcome.
Casey, though, has been back for four contests, and he scored
his first goal of the season Saturday in a 1-all draw with Kansas
“It was good to get it,” Casey told the Rapids’ official
website. “I’ve been injured and then played and had some
opportunities and didn’t finish. So, it was kind of a gimme, but
I’ll take it. Any way to get a start.”
Coach Gary Smith would like to see more production from his
talented forward as his club sits in fourth place in the West
following its fifth straight draw, tied for the longest such
single-season stretch in league history.
“The fact that we stay unbeaten is always good. … but we’re
going to have to turn the screw a little bit when we go away and
pick up some of those points lost here,” Smith said.
San Jose (2004-05) holds the league record with six consecutive
Colorado is 0-1-3 in its last four home games.