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Colorado Rapids advance to MLS championship

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

COMMERCE CITY – The Colorado Rapids are going to the championship game of Major League Soccer after defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

The championship game will be played Nov. 21 in Toronto and broadcast on ESPN. Colorado will play either the Los Angeles Galaxy or F.C. Dallas, which meet today in the other conference final.

Right back Kosuke Kimura scored in the 42nd minute on what appeared to be a pass to forward Omar Cummings, the team’s leading scorer. From the right wing, Kimura curled an in-swinging ball into the goal area that an on-rushing Cummings tried to reach with his foot, but the ball swerved so sharply it went into the goal in front of Cummings.



The Rapids had other good scoring chances in the second half on a chilly night with wind-chill temperatures dipping into the 20s. Cummings hit the crossbar and Drew Moor had a header cleared off the goal line by San Jose’s Geovanni.

The Rapids have made the MLS Cup Final only once before, losing to DC United in 1997. This is the first season they have been in the playoffs since 2006. They survived a penalty kick shoot-out with Columbus last week to reach Saturday night’s conference final. San Jose upset the New York Red Bulls to reach the conference final.


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