Colorado Rapids Lift First US Open Cup


Belated news from Wednesday night that Colorado Rapids lifted their first Lamar Hunt US Open Cup with a 2-0 victory over first-time finalists Chivas USA, on a breezy night in Commerce City, Denver.

Rapids (beaten in 1999 by Rochester) also hosted the Final a year ago where they lost on penalties to San Jose, but were able to make it third-time lucky on Wednesday with first-half goals from Sheanon Williams and Peter Lowry.

With Colorado a goal ahead through Williams’ header, Chivas lost their goalkeeper Luis Robles to a serious wrist injury that looks to have ended his season. Ten minutes later, Colorado were forced to use their substitute ‘keeper when Chris Eylander turned his ankle coming off his line. Moments after the change, Rapids doubled their lead when Lowry lobbed Steward Ceus from 35 yards.

It’s Colorado’s first significant trophy win since 2010’s MLS Cup, and a first for manager John Spencer who only took charge of the club a fortnight ago.