The Colorado Rapids surrendered their 15-game unbeaten run this weekend, enduring a brutal 5-1 thumping on the road against New York City FC.
It was nice while it lasted — 113 days without a loss.
Saturday was rough for the visitors, as a rain soaked crowd of 25,711 turned up at Yankee Stadium to witness some Major League Soccer action.
Micheal Azira saw red early in the night, leaving the Rapids down a man and unable to keep up with New York. Jermaine Jones had traveled with the team to New York but his knee injury kept him sidelined.
An extra bonus: everyone was treated to a 40-minute mid-match weather delay.
New York’s Frank Lampard scored a hat trick, three goals by a single player in the same game. It was the first ever for the new NYC FC franchise.
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“I know it’s a very short history but it’s a great accolade for me,” Lampard told the media. “I am really happy. I’m playing well, feeling good and obviously I can score goals.”
Colorado’s lone goal of the night didn’t come until the 92nd minute of the miserable match.
On the plus side, fifteen games unbeaten is one of the longest streaks in MLS history. Only FC Dallas (19), Columbus Crew (19) and Real Salt Lake (18) have longer streaks to their name.
The Colorado Rapids are still second in the MLS Western Conference, with a record of 10-3-8. They now return home to Dick’s Sporting Goods Arena, where they’ll play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC next Saturday night.