Colorado Rapids 1, Sporting Kansas City 0 | 2016 MLS Match Recap
Ike Opara saw the referee coming toward him and the Sporting Kansas City defender knew what was about to happen was not good. He was about to see yellow, and then red. And slumping SKC was about to go down a man against the league's top team, the Colorado Rapids. Opara was sent off in the 76th minute for his second yellow card after fouling Jermaine Jones, and two minutes later, Dillon Serna took advantage with his first goal of the season to extend the Rapids' unbeaten streak, and SKC's misery.
The victory for Colorado kept their perfect mark at home intact, at 6-0-0, and extended their overall unbeaten streak to six games (five wins, one draw). It also extended Colorado's lead atop the Supporters' Shield standings. SKC's winless streak is now seven games (five losses, two draws).
1. FORGET STYLE POINTS: If you didn't like the aesthetics of Colorado's sixth home victory in as many games -- maybe you thought this was an ugly win -- Rapids coach Pablo Mastroeni doesn't care. "This isn't a beauty contest,'' Mastroeni said. "This is about winning.''
2. DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS: The Rapids have beaten SKC in both meetings this season. Their 2-1 victory in Kansas City was the start of their current six-game unbeaten streak. It also was the start of SKC's seven-game winless drought.
3. OPENING UP SOME ROOM: With the victory, Colorado now hold a three-point lead on FC Dallas, with a game in hand. The LA Galaxy, which had been second in the Western Conference, and in the Supporters' Shield standings before Wednesday's games, fell to third in both following their 2-2 draw in Philadelphia.