The Colorado Rapids took the lead 14 seconds after the first kick Saturday and kept building all the way to a 5-1 Major League Soccer win over Seattle Sounders FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
Those were the most goals the Sounders have ever allowed in an MLS match, and the four-goal margin matched the Sounders’ largest defeat in league play.
It ended Seattle’s seven-game unbeaten streak while extending its winless streak to three games (0-1-2).
The result also dropped the Sounders (15-9-6) two points behind in the Supporters’ Shield race, trailing New York, which tied New England on Saturday; and one point behind in the Western Conference race, trailing Real Salt Lake, which played FC Dallas to a 1-1 draw.
Things started going wrong for Seattle before the match when coach Sigi Schmid had to fill out a lineup card without designated player Clint Dempsey (hamstring) and also without Obafemi Martins (hip), Leo Gonzalez (groin), Djimi Traore (hamstring) and midfielder Steve Zakuani (groin).
The Rapids (13-9-9) jumped ahead in the 14 seconds it took them to move the ball from the first kick at the center circle to the back of the net.
The finish was provided by rookie-of-the-year candidate Deshorn Brown, who just slipped the ball under diving goalkeeper Michael Gspurning.
Dwayne De Rosario holds the MLS mark for the quickest goal with his score in 11 seconds for the San Jose Earthquakes against Dallas FC on Sept. 27, 2003.
The early goal was the worst possible scenario for the Sounders, just as midfielder Brad Evans had foretold in the days leading up to the match.
“When (the Rapids are) playing good and they’re confident and they score early on you, that’s when they play their best soccer,” Evans said in the middle of the week. “So we’ve got to do well playing away from home, try to play smart, and not let them get on the board early.”
After the early 1-0 breakthrough, the Rapids kept pouring it on: a 10th minute corner-kick goal by Dillon Powers, a second goal by Brown in the 31st minute, and finally Drew Moor’s score in the 41st minute, which sent Colorado to halftime with a 4-0 lead. Along the way, the Rapids also outshot the Sounders, 12-4.
Seattle stopped the bleeding for most of the second half, and even cut into the lead in the 63rd minute on an Eddie Johnson goal, assisted by Marc Burch.
It was Johnson’s ninth goal of the season, moving him into the team lead, one ahead of Martins and Lamar Neagle. It was Burch’s fourth assist of the season — a career high.
Johnson’s goal marked the 13th consecutive game in which Seattle has scored, the longest such run in club history and the longest ongoing streak in MLS.
Colorado set the final score in stoppage time, when Gabriel Torres scored inside the far post.
Seattle played the final 11 minutes one man down after Zach Scott picked up his second yellow card. That will make him ineligible for Wednesday’s game against Vancouver at CenturyLink.