Conor Casey moved into a tie for the MLS goal-scoring lead with a penalty kick in the 58th minute, lifting the Colorado Rapids into a 1-1 tie with the New England Revolution on Saturday night in Commerce City, Colo.
With Colorado (10-8-10) trailing, Casey tied it with his 16th goal after Omar Cummings was taken down in the scoring area. The Rapids star is tied with Dallas’ Jeff Cunningham for the league goal-scoring lead.
It was the fourth consecutive deadlock for Colorado, which has 40 points and remains in the running for a playoff spot
Kheli Dube scored for New England (10-9-8), winless in its last four games.
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The Rapids are 5-0-3 at home against the Revolution since 2002.
Colorado goalkeeper Preston Burpo got the start for Matt Pickens, who missed his fifth consecutive game with a knee injury. Burpo is 1-2-6 in his last nine games and hasn’t won since a 3-2 victory at Los Angeles on April 4 in his first start of the season.
Dube’s eighth goal of the season opened the scoring in the 29th minute. Darrius Barnes sent a free kick toward the front of the crease and Dube put a header into the back of the net.
Two minutes after Dube’s tally, New England goalkeeper Matt Reis dove to swat away a shot by Nick LaBrocca. Burpo then made a diving save of a shot by Nico Colaluca in the 43rd minute.
Both teams had scoring chances late. Cummings hit the crossbar in the 88th minute, and New England’s Kevin Alston sent a wild shot well over the crossbar in injury time.
Colorado defender Julien Baudet was issued a red card in the 60th minute.
At Earthquakes 1, Red Bulls 0: Ryan Johnson converted a first-half penalty kick for his team-leading 10th goal of the season as San Jose avoided mathematical elimination from the MLS playoff chase with a win over New York.
The Earthquakes (7-12-7), who have the most games remaining of any MLS team, must win all four and receive plenty of help to sneak into the postseason.
The loss cemented New York’s slide from MLS Cup finalist last season to the league’s last-place finisher this year. The Red Bulls (4-18-6) had their league-record, regular-season road winless streak extended to 26 games. New York is 0-19-7 away from home since a 2-1 victory over Los Angeles on May 10, 2008.
San Jose forward Arturo Alvarez, whose low drive in the 21st minute was turned aside by diving Red Bulls goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul, drew a penalty kick three minutes later.
Alvarez held the ball wide on the right wing before splitting Red Bulls defenders Jeremy Hall and Mike Petke. Hall clipped Alvarez from behind to give the Quakes their fifth penalty kick of the season.