Diego Rubio scored early and Jonathan Lewis late as the Colorado Rapids continued their upswing on Saturday night, beating FC Cincinnati 2-0, who had no win on their new home ground.
Colorado (5-2-1, 16 points) won four out of five before their most recent international break and picked up where they left off on Saturday. Despite a full house at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium, the Rapids scored a goal from Rubio in the 21st minute, Lewis’ goal in the 72nd minute.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited chance for the FCC (1-5-1, 4 points) to play in a full capacity stadium became frustrating for the home side. Cincinnati challenged the whole evening with a total of 22 shots and six corners. However, it saw no consideration when it dropped to 0-3-0 at its new venue.
With a spirited crowd in full collective throats, Cincinnati held the majority of early possession, but Colorado began putting pressure on FCC goalkeeper Kenneth Vermeer after about 10 minutes. Michael Barrios eventually got behind the Cincinnati defensive line, managed to stay on the side and kept control of the ball in time to prepare Rubio, who converted for his third goal in 2021.
The FCC’s best chance of the first half came in the 34th minute when Isaac Atanga was stopped at close range by Yarbrough.
Cincinnati kept up in the second half but went high or well over the net in some cases. Yarbrough, who stayed in the game after an early collision with FCC’s Allan Cruz in the second half, thwarted Alvaro Barreal’s laser free-kick chance in the 69th minute.
Still, it was Colorado that found the back of the web again. Perhaps the Rapids’ best chance in the second half was Jack Price faced with Lewis, who slid the ball into the lower right corner for welcome insurance.
Barreal also hit the bar in the 89th minute.