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In an electric 13 minutes of soccer, the Colorado Rapids showed just how dangerous they can be Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Sam Vines, Diego Rubio and Cole Bassett scored goals in near rapid-fire succession during a wild first half, and the Rapids claimed their third straight win with a 3-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo.
Unlike last week, when the Rapids needed a flurry of goals to come back in the second half, the Burgundy Boys did it all in the first — thanks in part to a pair of assists from Michael Barrios.
The Rapids dominated possession through the first 27 minutes (66% to 34%) although they didn’t have anything to show for it.
Then — just like the thunderstorms in the Denver Metro area throughout the day — the electricity started and the goals started pouring in.
Vines struck first. Goalkeeper William Yarbrough sent a long ball over the top that landed directly in front of a charging Michael Barrios, who cut it back to Vines making a run into the box. The 21-year-old U.S. Men’s National Team regular bolted it into the top right corner, scoring the second goal of his professional career and first of the season.
Rubio kept the storm brewing on his 28th birthday, scoring off a header in the 36th minute from a perfectly-placed service from Barrios.
Houston got one back via Christian Ramirez with a right-footed strike to the bottom left corner.
But Cole Bassett answered three minutes later, scoring his second goal in as many games after Dynamo goalkeeper Marko Maric failed to clear the ball and Bassett deflected it into the net. The goal is the 19-year-old Colorado native’s 10th goal in MLS, which is the most goals scored in MLS by a Rapids Academy product in club history.
The storm only lasted 13 minutes, something Coloradans are used to, but it left its mark. The Rapids are now on a roll and have the third-best record in MLS so far this season.