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Union get 2 past Howard, win 4th straight game

The Union have had an incredible month of May. It started out May 6th, when they blanked their rival the New York Redbulls 3-0. After that win, the Union have looked liked a completely different team. Since the game with the Redbulls the Union have won 3-0, and 2-0, with sights on another win last night as they took on the Colorado Rapids. Head coach of the Rapids decided to put out an interesting lineup with none of their regular stars out there. The only noticeable players out there were forward Kevin Doyle, defender Axel Sjoberg, and the American hero himself, goalie Tim Howard.

The Union started out the first half last night not how they usually start out a half. In the 15th minute Rapids forward Caleb Calvert struck a goal for the Rapids. Calvert received the ball a little past midfield ran all the way up with it, and shot one past Blake to make 1-0. No Union defender really stepped up on him so he decided to put a shot on, and it ended up working out. The other chance in the first half saw Ilsinho hit another one time from within the box in the 22nd minute, but Tim Howard made a nice kick save.

The Union knew they had to look better offensively in the second half, and the first chance in the second half sadly didn’t belong to the them either. In the 64th minute, Kevin Doyle hit a beautiful free kick but hit the cross bar and went out of bounds. The shot looked to almost go in the upper 90.  

The 65th minute saw the Union finally get a favorable call from the referee. A low cross sent in caused a scramble in front of the net as Jay Simpson tried to get a shot on goal. In the middle of it, Rapids midfielder Kortne Ford fell and hit the ball with his hand. The Union were awarded a penalty kick for the handball, and in the 67th minute, C.J. Sapong converted on a penalty kick to tie the game at 1. 

Once the 69th minute hit it all went downhill for the Colorado Rapids. Forward Caleb Calvert picked up a yellow card for dissent after delaying his injury. Calvert then came back onto the field shortly after without the referee’s consent, and earned himself a second yellow. Assistant coach and former Union forward Conor Casey got thrown out for arguing with the official, so in a matter of time, Calvert and Casey both got thrown out. 

After a foul outside the box, the Union found the back of the net again in the 75th minue. Haris Medunjanin curled a ball past the wall and past Tim Howard to make it 2-1. 

In the 90+1′ minute in stoppage time the Union had a chance to put the game away, but Tim Howard made a huge save to keep the game up within one.

The game ended in a 2-1 win and marks the fourth straight win for the boys in blue. Next week the Union will travel to Utah to take on a struggling Real Salt Lake team at 8 PM. 

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