Colorado Rapids had coach Pablo Mastroeni says their mastering of the skill of winning is responsible for their success so far in the Major League Soccer.
The club ran their unbeaten record up to 10 games with their with a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire and opened up a three-point lead over closest rival, FC Dallas.
The record has been on for about two and half weeks now with the win being their ninth of the season, matching their total for 2015. The game started off like the team’s last encounter with Philadelphia Union when the score line was 1-1. They were ahead as usual and were set to go all the way until a late equalizer from Brian Carroll.
Mastroeni said: “Winning is a skill. You have to learn how to do it. It doesn’t come easy. We gave up a late goal against Philadelphia and we reflected upon that.
“Today, giving up that late goal, there was that belief that, ‘We’ve been here before, we’ve talked about it, and this is how we’re going to achieve it.’”
In the match against Fire, Irish international Kevin Doyle put Colorado ahead in the 57th minute, but rookie Joey Calistri tied the score at 1-1 in the 81st minute. The match winner came in the 89th minute when Marco Pappa’s shot deflected off Jonathan Campbell and past Fire goal keeper Sean Johnson.
Rapids played without Jermaine Jones and Shkelzen Gashi as they were on national team duty for the USA (Copa Centenario) and Albania (Euro 2016 in France). Defenders Bobby Burling, Jared Watts and Sean St. Ledger also missed the game as they were out injured. Rapids now have 31 points and remain top of the Western Conference.