Second half comeback jolts Rapids past Minnesota United FC

Second half comeback jolts Rapids past Minnesota United FC

Second half comeback jolts Rapids past Minnesota United FC

Up against Minnesota United FC for the first time this season, The Colorado Rapids were out for revenge in a MLS Playoff rematch from a season ago when they fell to the Loons 3-0.

And for 45 minutes, down 2-0, it appeared like deja vu. And then the second half started. The Rapids scored three unanswered goals in the second half to win 3-2 and picked up their second win of the season.

Some of us were getting on each other in the locker room and in the second half we just came out with a spark and you could see it right away,” Basset said. “… I think the whole group was, was outstanding. So that’s a great way to come back and front of our fans and give them the win.”

The Loons were on it from the opening whistle. They used their interlinking play in the midfield to open up lanes on the outside, leading to multiple chances to start the game.

Minnesota United scored their first goal off of a free kick. Emanuel Reynosa curled it to Rapids goalkeeper William Yarbrough’s left and nailed the side of the net.

The second goal was more indicative of how the first half went. Rapids’ Younes Namli turned it over to spring a Minnesota United counterattack and Hassani Dotson was left unmarked and thrashed the ball home to give his club the 2-0 lead.

Rapids’ Cole Bassett came on for Namli, who appeared to leave the contest with a leg injury.

“We were down 2-0 already so I came in with really nothing to lose,” Basset said. “I was trying to change the game for the team. I thought we didn’t have much energy and I feel like I could provide a spark of energy and try to drive the team forward and create chances so that was kind of my mindset.”

Bassett was getting in the right spots and creating chances. It gave the Rapids enough of a boost and they had a few opportunities to score at the end of the half.

That led to a sublime second half performance. They dominated possession, had six shots in the first 15 minutes and ended up getting rewarded with goals

“That’s what we talked about at halftime which is to be more purposeful and more confident and to win their individual battles,” Robin Fraser said. “And I felt like every one of those points was addressed in the second half.”

Kellyn Acosta got the Rapids on the board, taking the ball off the bounce just outside the box and slotting it into the bottom left corner.

Then Bassett deservedly equalized on a rebound after Sam Vines delivered the ball into the area and Minnesota goalkeeper Dayne St. Clair deflected it right on the foot of Bassett.

“I was just hungry to score,” Bassett said. “And when [Vines] hit it, I saw Diego kind of start to fade back post, and he hit it right towards the keeper, but I was like oh he might, he might fumble this so I just ran like right to where he was gonna put it and it fell to me.”

And the hero and man of the match Danny Wilson got the winner on a header from a free kick service delivered by Jack Price.

The fans that stuck it out through the rain were rewarded with a second half performance they’ll never forget.

Second half comeback jolts Rapids past Minnesota United FC