Real Espana 1, Colorado 1: MLS Goes 6-0-1 in CCL Group Play

Real Espana got an 88th-mintue equalizer from midfielder Julio Rodriguez to tie the Colorad Rapids 1-1 in CONCACAF Champions League Group B action in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, last night.

Rapids midfielder Jeff Larentowicz opened the scoring with a perfectly placed shot from the top of the box in first-half stoppage time, and Colorado came close to making it stand up for a 1-0 win—which would have made MLS teams a perfect 7-for-7 in CCL group play—but Colorado right back Kosuke Kimura, one of just four regulars in the Rapids’ starting XI, headed an attempted clearance straight at Rodriguez, and the Uruguayan slammed home a volley to send each team on its way with a point.

Here are the highlights:

For the current CCL standings, see here. The top two teams in each group advance to the quarterfinals.

New York 2, Colorado 2: Highlights

If you stepped out for six minutes midway through the first half of last night’s Red Bulls–Rapids game, you missed all four goals in the wild 2-2 draw.

With Thierry Henry’s former Arsenal teammates Cesc Fabregas and Robin Van Persie watching from the stands at Red Bull Arena, Colorado struck first, on Jeff Larentowicz’s put-back of his own penalty kick in the 27th minute.

New York answered just two minutes later, after a sweet buildup found Henry alone at the top of the box. The Frenchman made no mistake, bagging his team-leading sixth goal of the year.

Colorado went back in front three minutes later as the Red Bulls’ wall fell apart on a Larentowicz free kick from 30 yards. But Luke Rodgers brought New York level again just a minute later for the final scoreline.

We take back what we said about Rodgers two weeks ago. The guy is proving to be extremely valuable to New York. He works his tail off and he constantly pops up in goal-scoring positions.

Highlights here:

A couple of comments: For the second game in a row, an instance of awful set-piece defending by New York (on the second goal). Hans Backe needs to sort that out.

He also might want to look at his substitution policies. Why was Henry, who started grimacing in pain midway through the second half (he missed the previous game with knee swelling), kept in so long?

Juan Agudelo should have been brought on around the 70- or 75-minute mark—not the 87th, which was when he did appear, to little effect.

Next up for New York (4-2-5) is a quick turnaround—and a cross-continental trip—to play Vancouver on Saturday afternoon. (Dollars to doughnuts Henry does not travel for that one. )

Colorado (4-3-5) hosts Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night.