TORONTO - FC Dallas defender George John
scored an own goal when he deflected a Macoumba Kandji shot
past Kevin Hartman in the 107th minute to give the Colorado
Rapids a 2-1 win and their first Major League Soccer Cup title
The own goal provided a fitting finish to largely scrappy
final that was played outside the United States for the first
"Soccer is a cruel game," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman
told reporters. "You play for 90 plus minutes and it's a game
of inches, it's a deflection goal, it goes in and you say, 'how
did that happen?'
"Then you have good chances you don't put in and you say,
'how did that happen?'
"It sucks right now, it feels terrible."
While the temperature at kick-off was a brisk 45 Fahrenheit
(7 degrees Centigrade), the rain and freezing conditions that
had been forecast never appeared.
But by the time Colorado was celebrating the winner, most
of the capacity crowd of 21,700 had gone home, leaving only a
few hearty supporters behind at BMO Field to watch the Rapids
lift their first MLS Cup.
"I don't mind how they come, if they are winners it doesn't
matter," said Rapids coach Gary Smith when asked if he minded
winning the championship on an own goal.
"I think the over-riding thought has to be in order for
somebody to score an own goal there must be some pressure to
make that mistake.
"You don't get too many volley one in from 40 yards
unopposed. I'm just pleased the guys were able to mount enough
of an attack in the extra-time to make the difference."
Dallas took the lead in the 35th minute with a well-worked
goal when Colombian international David Ferreira, voted the
league's most valuable player on Friday, coolly converted a
superb cross from Marvin Chavez.
Colorado drew level through a scrambled effort in the 57th
minute from striker Conor Casey, who scooped the ball home
while lying on the ground.
Casey, who tormented the Dallas backline all night with his
aggressive runs, was named man of the match.
"I've never won anything ever," said Casey.
"We have a hard, hard working crew. It's been a battle all
year and we just kept battling it out.
"It feels like we really earned it."
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