The Reds took down the Rapids, 2-1, on Wednesday for their third consecutive win as they continue to play well under Paul Mariner. The loss marked Colorado's fourth consecutive defeat, despite playing some of the league's poorer teams in that stretch.
It looked like Toronto got off to a dream start when Luis Silva drew a foul on Matt Pickens. Toronto wanted a red card to go along with the penalty call and didn't get it, but it was still a penalty inside of three minutes. The Reds would go 1-0 up once Ryan Johnson knocked the penalty home ... only, he missed. He sent the kick from the spot wide, and without a red card or a goal, Toronto's dream start wasn't one at all.
Things got worse for Toronto in the 23rd minute when Hunter Freeman crossed for Conor Casey. It was a little bit over Casey's head, but despite backpedaling, he was able to rise and head the ball into the corner for a 1-0 Colorado lead.
That lead would hold until the 51st minute, when Johnson redeemed himself. Silva latched onto a long ball and fed Johnson, who was able to control the ball and get in behind the defense for a simple finish.
But Toronto would not stop at one goal, and after their unfortunate early miss, Lady Luck gave them a gift in the 67th minute. Doneil Henry got down the right and squared for Andrew Wiedeman, who didn't get a particularly good shot away. Wiedeman's shot was deflected, though, leaving Pickens without a chance to make the save as the ball found the back for the net for a Reds winner.