Own goal hands Colorado Rapids first MLS title

Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:44am EST
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By Steve Keating

TORONTO (Reuters) - FC Dallas defender George John scored an own goal when he deflected a Macoumba Kandji shot past Kevin Hartman in the 107th minute to give the Colorado Rapids a 2-1 win and their first Major League Soccer Cup title on Sunday.

The own goal provided a fitting finish to largely scrappy final that was played outside the United States for the first time.

"Soccer is a cruel game," Dallas coach Schellas Hyndman told reporters. "You play for 90 plus minutes and it's a game of inches, it's a deflection goal, it goes in and you say, 'how did that happen?'

"Then you have good chances you don't put in and you say, 'how did that happen?'

"It sucks right now, it feels terrible."

While the temperature at kickoff was a brisk 45 Fahrenheit (7 degrees Centigrade), the rain and freezing conditions that had been forecast never appeared.

But by the time Colorado was celebrating the winner, most of the capacity crowd of 21,700 had gone home, leaving only a few hearty supporters behind at BMO Field to watch the Rapids lift their first MLS Cup.

"I don't mind how they come, if they are winners it doesn't matter," said Rapids coach Gary Smith when asked if he minded winning the championship on an own goal.   Continued...

<p>FC Dallas mid-fielder Marvin Chavez (L) and Colorado Rapids mid-fielder Pablo Mastroeni battle for the ball during the first half of their MLS Cup championship soccer match in Toronto November 21, 2010. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese</p>