The Wizards didn't let the week off last week slow them down, they took care of business last night against the Colorado Rapids, winning 1-0 on the back of a Kei Kamara goal. Unlike opening week against DC, Colorado put up much more of a fight against the Wizards at CBA. KC started the game strongly again, and Ryan Smith almost scored inside the first 10 minutes as he beat his man down the line and tried to catch Matt Pickens off his line. Only a slight touch from Pickens pushed the ball over the bar and kept the score 0-0.
With Colorado's front line, Jimmy Nielsen was called into action more often this week. The biggest in the first half being a save on Omar Cummings that Nielsen took right off his face. The biggest talking point of the first half was the officiating, of which there were some interesting calls both ways, especially late in the half, where two fouls were accompanied by yellow cards for dissent when Pablo Mastroeni and Ryan Smith both threw the ball after separate fouls.
KC continued to pressure early in the second half, and quickly found net as a Smith freekick was headed in by Kamara over Pickens who'd come a little too far off his line. As the second half progressed both teams had their chances with both Nielsen and Pickens making saves to keep the score 1-0. Colorado had thought they pulled level when Conor Casey put the ball in the net after a Wells Thompson shot had been saved, but Cummings, who played the ball to Casey was offside when the original shot was taken. In the 72nd things changed when Julien Baudet picked up a red card for a reckless challenge on Kamara. Of the two teams, Colorado had the better chances after the red card as KC set back a bit to defend the lead. And while they had some chances, Nielsen was able to take care of all of them and keep his shutout streak to start the season in tact.
Wizards Man of the Match - Stephane Auvray - This guy is just good, he's all over the midfield and keeps teams from coming in through there. Auvray made the entire middle of the field his last night forcing Colorado to bypass the midfield more to avoid dealing with him.
Honorable Mention - Jimmy Nielsen
Player Ratings - Nielsen 8, Harrington 7, Conrad 7, Besler 8, Espinoza 8, Jewsbury 6, Arnaud 7, Auvray 9, Smith 8, Kamara 7, Wolff 7. Subs Myers 6, Bunbury 5, Rocastle NR