HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Luke Rodgers scored in the 33rd minute to cap the teams’ six-minute scoring flurry and lift the New York Red Bulls to a 2-2 draw with the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night.
Jeff Larentowicz scored twice for the defending MLS champion Rapids (4-3-5), who had their fourth straight draw. Both of Larentowicz’s goals gave Colorado a lead, and both times New York tied it quickly.
“It’s frustrating to be the team to get two leads and then lose them both instantaneously,” Larentowicz said. “But that’s what happens against a team like the Red Bulls that have a lot of attacking power. If you gloat or sit back and think that scoring a goal is going to last a while, then they jump on you.”
Larentowicz opened the scoring by tapping in the rebound of his own failed penalty shot in the 27th minute. That started the league’s fastest scoring binge since March 28, 2008, when Houston and San Jose also combined for four goals in six minutes.
Thierry Henry also scored for New York (4-2-5), which moved into a tie with Philadelphia for first place in the Eastern Conference. Henry’s sixth goal of the season to tied DC United’s Charlie Davis for second place in MLS. Los Angeles’ Landon Donovan leads with seven.
Henry’s goal tied the score at 1-1 in the 29th minute when Dwayne DeRosario centered it to the forward off a pass from Joel Lindpere and Henry fired it in from 19 yards out.
Larentowicz put the Rapids back ahead in the 32nd minute with his fourth of the season.
Rodgers then tapped a through ball over goalkeeper Matt Pickens’ head for his fourth goal.
The Red Bulls, 0-1-3 in their last four matches, played without midfielder Dane Richards, who left the team to play for Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and defender Rafa Marquez, who sat with a strained groin and headed off for the Mexican national team after the match.
“There’s a little frustration in the team,” Rodgers said. “Obviously, you want to win, of course. Everyone thinks it’s a concern. It’s not like we’re not scoring goals and we’re struggling that way. We just need to cut out the stupid goals.”
The Rapids played without six veteran starters, including the injured Macoumba Kandji, Omar Cummings, Jamie Smith, and the suspended Brian Mullan. Former U.S. national team member Conor Casey, who missed the last six matches, was a substitution in the second half.
“We’re digging very deep into our squad,” Smith said. “To score two goals here against a team absolutely laden with quality and, in the end, to be unfortunate not to win the game, I can’t say more.”
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