Ballouchy strike earns Rapids first win in DC since 1999

Ballouchy strike earns Rapids first win in DC since 1999
RECAP: DC 0, Colorado 1

The Colorado Rapids finally killed off one of the longest-running streaks in MLS on Saturday night, ending their 11-year winless drought at RFK Stadium with a confident 1-0 victory over hapless D.C. United.

Mehdi Ballouchy’s 67th minute solo effort broke a 263-minute goalless streak for the Mile High Club and paved the way for a win that pushes cellar-dwelling United into even deeper misery.

VIDEO: Pickens stymies Allsopp

Saturday, May 15 - DC 0, Colorado 1
Pickens stymies Allsopp

VIDEO: Hamid's kick save to stop Cummings

Saturday, May 15 - DC 0, Colorado 1
Hamid's kick save

Previa Colorado: Emilio

El delantero habla sobre los Colorado Rapids
Previa Colorado: Emilio

"Gotta put in work"

Adam Cristman talks about the team's form and scoring chances
"Gotta put in work"

Julius James & Boyzzz Interview

Both United players discuss the team's recent form and preview the Rapids
Julius James & Boyzzz

D.C. stoking hard work, competition within squad

Rough start has prompted Onalfo to offer men more opportunities
Competition in D.C.

After Adam Cristman opened his D.C. United scoring account with two goals in a U.S. Open Cup play-in match against Dallas two weeks ago, he rightly received additional congratulations on account of the fact that his first child, a baby girl named Caroline, had entered the world a few days prior.

The wry 25-year-old was quick to allocate the real credit for that achievement, however.

“Actually, my wife had her,” he deadpanned. “It was impressive.”

Preview: United vs Rapids

Streaky Rapids head to DC hoping to make up ground on West
Preview: DC-COL

The basics

Colorado Rapids versus D.C. United at RFK Stadium, Washington, DC

United lead all-time regular-season series 15-11-6

What's at stake?

Youth versus experience

Hamid and Perkins focused on improving and starting
Youth versus experience

Just before the 2010 MLS Superdraft, D.C. United re-acquired goalkeeper Troy Perkins. Perkins had been playing in Europe, he was in the U.S. National Team mix, and he left MLS a few years earlier as one of the premier goalies in the League. There was no doubt that Perkins was United's #1 option in the goal, despite the #23 on his jersey. Then the season started and something wasn't right.

Road to Recovery

D.C. United aims to learn from multiple injuries
Road to Recovery

Injuries are a part of professional sports. Since most injuries are random, they tend to even out over time from team to team, no matter what league. This season, D.C. United has been bitten by the injury bug a little too often, and it has raised some red flags with the training staff. Some of D.C.'s injury problems were unavoidable, like Bryan Namoff's concussion or Dejan Jakovic's broken collar bone. The worrying part is the high number of players who have suffered hamstring injuries.

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