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Dillon Powers scores 2 goals, Rapids beat Impact 4-1

Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers is pictured in Kansas City, Aug. 31, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Orlin Wagner

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Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers is pictured in Kansas City, Aug. 31, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Orlin Wagner

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Frank Klopas was happy with his players' effort Saturday night. The officiating, on the other hand, left the Montreal Impact coach frustrated and angry.

Dillon Powers scored on an early penalty kick to give the Colorado Rapids a 1-0 lead, and three goals in the second half helped them cruise to a 4-1 win over Montreal.

Klopas expressed his dissatisfaction with referee Chris Penso, who made the call that awarded Colorado the penalty kick, after the game.

"We were controlling the game and it's unfortunate," Klopas said. "When the referee is a protagonist in the game it's never good. So it's a shame. He did a very, very poor job. For me, he had a very bad game."

Powers, Kamani Hill and Shane O'Neill scored in the second half as Colorado (5-4-3) snapped a two-game losing streak. Powers' penalty-kick goal came in the fifth minute of the match, on what the Impact considered a borderline call on midfielder Sanna Nyassi.

"Whatever the call was they still had a point-blank shot that was saved," midfielder Justin Mapp said. "Looks like a pretty good advantage to me. Not sure what the call is there."

For a team that has struggled to find some footing away from home it was a tough night. The Impact (1-6-4) kept it close until the second half, but Colorado scored two goals in a span of five minutes to put it away.

Anders Romero scored the lone goal for Montreal, which is now 0-4-2 on the road.

"For us, we have to regroup fast," Klopas said. "We have the Canadian final coming up."

The Impact had some chances right after Powers' penalty kick but couldn't cash in. Mapp got through the defence on the left side and put a shot on Colorado goalie Clint Irwin, who made the save in the eighth minute.

Mapp had another chance in the 16th minute but couldn't convert, and he hit a post in the 50th minute with his team down just a goal.

He also was taken down in the box but no call was made, which didn't sit well with the Impact.

"I thought so but I might be a little biased," Mapp said when asked if the takedown should have resulted in a penalty kick.

An offside call that negated a goal by Issey Nakajima-Farran in the 66th minute added to the frustration.

"I know the game is fast and people make mistakes, but today when we can talk mainly about the decisions of the referee it's never good," Klopas said.

The Rapids had several chances early but some good defence and key saves kept the Impact close.

Deshorn Brown got a step on midfielder Patrice Bernier and then deked goaltender Troy Perkins in the 14th minute, but as Brown got a low shot off, Bernier slid behind Perkins to kick away the shot.

"Once he dribbled I saw he didn't really see me coming from behind," Brenier said. "I dove, made a play and kept us at 1-0. Can't give up."

Later, Brown leaped over midfielder Wandrille Lefevre but hit the post.

Those near misses didn't cost the Rapids, however. Goals by Hill in the 54th minute and O'Neill in the 59th gave the Rapids a 3-0 lead. Hill's goal, his first since October 2012, came at the top of the box and faded over Perkins' outstretch arm.

O'Neill dropped his shot over Perkins and just under the crossbar to make it 3-0.

Powers finished the rout when he spun at the top of the box and sent a low shot past Perkins in the 84th minute for his second of the game.

Romero scored his second goal of the season with a strong individual effort. He took the ball from the sideline, dribbled past three defenders and beat Irwin with a shot to the far post in the 88th minute.

"It was a great goal. It just seems for us we have to score a goal for the Oscars," Klopas said. "We had some good chances. It is what it is. My players, they gave everything. There's nothing I can complain about."

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