The Colorado Rapids couldn't have gotten off to a worse start in their CONCACAF Champions League match on Wednesday night, surrendering an early penalty to go down 1-0 to visiting Salvadoran side Metapan.
The defending MLS Cup champions didn't buckle though, not even after a Matt Pickens blunder gave Metapan a 2-1 lead. No, the Rapids rode the finishing of Mac Kandji, as well as some questionable officiating, to pull off a 3-2 comeback victory in their first group stage match of the Champions League.
The tide of the match turned dramatically late in the first half when what looked to be a penalty foul by Drew Moor was overturned, so instead of Metapan enjoying a man advantage and drawing a penalty that could have made it 3-1, Metapan watched as one of its own players was sent off for fouling Moor just minutes later.
The Rapids took full advantage of that turn of events as goals from Kandji, his second of the night, and Andre Akpan provided the difference in Colorado's victory.
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