MLS: Loons tally late to topple Rapids, 2-1

Miguel Tapias scored his first career MLS goal in the 82nd minute to break a tie and give Minnesota United a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in Commerce City, Colo.

Tapias flicked a header from the center of the box into the bottom right corner of the net off Franco Fragapane’s free kick from outside the penalty box. It gave the Loons their first victory in franchise history in eight tries (1-5-2) at Colorado.

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Luis Amarilla also scored for Minnesota United (2-0-1, 7 points), who moved into a three-way tie for second place in the Western Conference with the Seattle Sounders and Los Angeles Football Club. Dayne St. Clair finished with two saves.

Cole Bassett scored a goal for the Rapids (0-3-1, 1 point).

Colorado, blanked in each of its first three games, scored its first goal in 319 minutes of action in the 49th minute. Bassett drilled a left-footed shot from the left side of the box around a pair of United defenders that caromed off the far right post and into the net.

The Rapids’ first lead of the season was a brief one, however.

Defender Danny Wilson was whistled for a hand ball on a Hassani Dotson crossing pass from the right side of the box. Amarilla took the ensuing penalty kick and put a right-footed shot into the right corner of the net for his first goal of the season to tie it, 1-1, in the 54th minute.

Colorado had an excellent chance to regain the lead in the 67th minute. Wilson headed a Jack Price cross into the center of the box that St. Clair tipped off the crossbar and back into the middle of the box.

Anthony Markanich then blasted a right-footed shot over the top of the goal.

–Field Level Media

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