Rapids’ Offensive Fireworks, Homegrown Talent Lead Colorado to Fourth-Straight Home Win

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July 8, 2024 – Major League Soccer (MLS)
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The Colorado Rapids (11-8-4, 37 pts.) took all three points at home against St. Louis CITY SC (4-8-10, 22 pts.) on Sunday night. A 4-1 final scoreline led by four different goalscorers in Kévin Cabral, Cole Bassett, Jonathan Lewis, and Darren Yapi vaulted the Rapids to their fifth win over their last six matches.

It did not take long for the scoring to get started in this one, with both sides looking to attack as much as possible with their high-pressing styles of play. Colorado would break the ice early thanks to link up play from the club’s top contributors this season.

After a nifty touch from Rafael Navarro beat a St. Louis defender to find open space in the middle of the field, the forward threaded a through ball to Bassett for a two-on-one opportunity with Cabral in the final third. Bassett then played a quick pass at the top of the 18-yard-box to Cabral, who made no mistake with a clean finish through the legs of St. Louis goalkeeper Roman Bürki.

The goal was Cabral’s fourth of the season and the 12th of his MLS career. His four goals now put him one away from his single-season career high of five that he accomplished in 2021 with LA Galaxy. The goal would not be the only time that Bassett and Cabral would connect in this match, with the Frenchman returning the favor later in the first half.

Before the Rapids scored their second, St. Louis equalized six minutes after the match’s opener. A cross from Jayden Reid down the left wing found the head of John Klein III to even things up in the 12th minute.

Colorado’s second goal of the first half originated from Omir Fernandez, who felt pressure around midfield and sent a ball over the top of the St. Louis defense into open space. The ball found the feet of Cabral, who played a simple pass to an oncoming Bassett around the penalty area. The Colorado native calmly tucked the ball away towards the far post to regain the lead for the Rapids.

The goal was Basset’s seventh of the season, marking a new single-season career high for the midfielder. The 22-year-old now has 11 goal contributions on the season (7g, 4a), which is also a new single-season career high (5g, 5a, 2020). Cabral’s assist on the goal was his fourth of the season, surpassing his personal single-season high that he set in 2020.

That would be all for the scoring in the first 45 minutes, with the Rapids looking to extend their 27-match unbeaten streak when taking a…

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