Former Seattle Sounders midfielder Sanna Nyassi scored two of his three goals in the first half to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 4-1 victory over the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday night in Commerce City, Colo.
“It was a sensational display,” Colorado coach Gary Smith said. “It put a bit of a smile on most people’s faces.”
It was Nyassi’s first three goals of the year and only the seventh time a Rapids player had scored three times in a game. Wells Thompson added a goal for Colorado (7-6-9).
The Rapids needed a lift after leading scorer Conor Casey earlier in the day had surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered in a 4-3 loss to Seattle on Saturday.
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Casey, the last member of the Rapids to have a three-goal game, is expected to be out at least eight months.
“With Conor out, I knew we needed someone to step up,” Nyassi said. “My teammates told me it was going to be me.”
Thierry Henry scored his 10th goal of the year for New York (6-5-11), which had been blanked in its prior two games. The Red Bulls are winless, 0-2-7 in their last nine road games.
Colorado wasted little time opening the scoring.
Nyassi stole an inbounds pass deep in the Red Bulls’ zone and took the ball right at the defense. He fired a shot past goalkeeper Frank Rost’s left arm in the second minute.
Nyassi then hit the left post from 35 yards out, but Thompson ran down the loose ball and beat Rost from close range in the 26th minute for what proved to be the winning goal.
Revolution 1, at D.C. United 0: Stephen McCarthy’s header in the 73rd minute helped New England snap a nine-game winless streak and earn its first road win of the season.
Chris Tierney set up the winner on a corner kick into the middle of the box for McCarthy, who redirected the ball low to the right side to score his second goal this year.
FC Dallas 1, at Toronto FC 0: Brek Shea scored in the 48th-minute as FC Dallas tied the Sounders for second place in the Western Conference with 38 points.
At Galaxy 1, Crew 0: Sean Franklin scored in the 70th minute for his first MLS goal, and Los Angeles beat Columbus to extend its unbeaten streak to 13 games.
At Earthquakes 2, Whitecaps 2: Chris Wondolowski scored his first two goals since May to help San Jose tie Vancouver.
Wondolowski, who missed four June matches while playing for the U.S. national team in the Gold Cup, scored in the third and 54th minutes for San Jose (5-6-9). Eric Hassli responded in the 42nd and 61st minutes for Vancouver.