“Whenever we play Salt Lake, we have to win. There is no doubt about it. We’re at home, we need three points, it’s against our rival and we have to win for the city. For the whole state.”
- Atiba Harris, Colorado Rapids forward
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Saturday, April 6, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids earned their first victory of the season in a Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup rivalry match against Real Salt Lake on Saturday night, winning 1-0 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Forward Atiba Harris scored his first Rapids goal in just the 5th minute of the match, while Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin continued his stellar play by saving an Alvaro Saborio penalty kick just four minutes later.
With the win, the Rapids take a lead in the Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup season series, having earned a draw in Salt Lake on March 16 and a home victory on Saturday. The decisive third match takes place on August 3 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Colorado next faces Chivas USA on the road on Saturday, April 13, before returning to Commerce City to take on the Seattle Sounders on April 20 at 4:00 p.m.
COLORADO RAPIDS 1:0 REAL SALT LAKE
April 6, 2013 – Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
COL – Atiba Harris 1 (Edson Buddle 1, Nick LaBrocca 1) 5’
Colorado Rapids lineup: Clint Irwin, Brian Mullan, Marvell Wynne, Shane O’Neill, Chris Klute, Hendry Thomas, Dillon Powers, Nick LaBrocca (Nathan Sturgis 85’), Atiba Harris, Edson Buddle (Tony Cascio 58’), Deshorn Brown (Jamie Smith 77’)
Substitutes not used: Steward Ceus, Anthony Wallace, Kamani Hill, Danny Mwanga
Real Salt Lake lineup: Nick Rimando, Tony Beltran, Nat Borchers, Chris, Schuler, Kenny Mansally (Khari Stephenson 85’), Kyle Beckerman, Luis Gil, Ned Grabavoy, Sebastian Velasquez (Javier Morales 46’), Alvaro Saborio, Devon Sandoval (Olmes García 46’)
Substitutes not used: Josh Saunders, Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Lovel Palmer, Yordany Alvarez
COL – Chris Klute (caution) 80’