COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 27: Omar Cummings #14 of the Colorado Rapids takes a shot on goal during the first half against the Columbus Crew at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on October 27, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Colorado Rapids Vs. Columbus Crew, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Rapids Through With 1-0 Win

It wasn't the prettiest game in the world, but it's not like we were expecting that anyway. Omar Cummings scored while Kosuke Kimura had an immense game for the Rapids in a 1-0 victory.

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Colorado Rapids Vs. Columbus Crew, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Omar Cummings Goal Eliminates Crew

Nobody expected high quality soccer out of this MLS Cup Playoffs wild card match. After all, it was the Colorado Rapids and Columbus Crew, or as they are otherwise known, the two most boring teams in MLS. The teams did exactly what was expected of them to, that is play 90 minutes of horribly dull soccer. Luckily, the only entertaining player on the field, Omar Cummings, saved us with a goal that eliminated the Crew and moved the defending champion Rapids into the conference semifinals, where they will face Sporting Kansas City.

For the entire first half, there was nothing worth watching. The teams just traded boots up field, giveaways and all-around terrible play. The game was boosted by any atmosphere either, as it was played in a mostly-empty stadium as thousands made the smart decision not freeze while watching two unattractive teams play in temperatures under 30 degrees.

Finally, Cummings delivered the goal the Rapids needs. Kosuke Kimura went blazing down the right side and got to the end line before dragging the ball back for Cummings in the middle. The Jamaican was clinical in his finishing, burying his shot to put the home side in front just before the halftime break.

The second half was more frustration for viewers. Brian Mullan had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 Rapids, but he wasted it. Colorado pulled Cummings, taking off the only source of entertainment in the match and the rest of the match was a snoozefest. Eventually, the final whistle sounded and as ugly as it was, the Rapids were through to the conference semifinals thanks to Cummings' goal.


Colorado Rapids Vs. Columbus Crew Live, MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: Omar Cummings Goal Puts Rapids Up At Halftime

The Colorado Rapids are ahead of the Columbus Crew at halftime, and it's probably deserved. Towards the end of the half, they were pressing forward, while the Crew did absolutely nothing. The scorer was Omar Cummings, putting in a goal in second half stoppage time to give Robert Warzycha a little something to think about heading into the locker room.

One of those things that he'll need to think about is that Kosuke Kimura, the Rapids right back, was the man who provided the assist. Kimura has actually been bombing forward all game long, leaving Columbus with a lot of space down the left to counter-attack when Colorado loses the ball. If only the Crew had a United States international quality left winger to exploit this obvious weakness...

OH WAIT! Robbie Rogers, a recent U.S. international call-up who has been capped 17 times by the national team plays on the left for the Crew! And, despite the fact that the Rapids left back is essentially a midfielder, he has been invisible. How is this even possible?

But yeah, nice finish by Omar.

For more on the two teams playing in tonight's Wild Card match, check out Colorado Rapids blog Burgundy Wave and Columbus Crew blog Massive Report. For more on the rest of the MLS Cup Playoffs and the entire world of soccer, check out SB Nation Soccer.


MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: History Not On Side Of Columbus Crew

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MLS Cup Playoffs 2011: How The Colorado Rapids Got Here

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