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Colorado Rapids top NYCFC for the first time with a 2-0 win at rainy Citi Field

NEW YORK — Rafael Navarro scored early, Cole Bassett had an assist and a late goal and Zack Steffen scored his first clean sheet with Colorado as the Rapids defeated New York City FC for the first time, 2-0, at rainy Citi Field on Sunday.

The Rapids (5-3-3), who were 0-3-3 in the all-time series, took the lead in the 16th minute and held it until halftime on a goal by Navarro. Bassett and Kévin Cabral set up Navarro’s fifth goal this season, a right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area into the top right corner of the net.

Bassett provided some assurance in the 86th minute when he used the assist from Calvin Harris, who came on for Omir Fernández in the 69th minute, to score his fourth goal of the campaign. Bassett sent a right footed shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner.

Steffen, who started every game in his first season with the Rapids, finished with three saves in his first shutout with the club. Steffen recorded 23 clean sheets in 76 starts with the Columbus Crew from 2017-2019.

The Rapids, under first-year manager Chris Armas, have lost just once in their last six games away from home.

Matt Freese had one save in each half for New York City (4-5-2). He has started every game this season but has yet to record a shutout. Freese had five clean sheets and allowed just eight goals in 10 starts for NYCFC last season.

NYCFC scored a league-high 10 points in April with a 3-0-1 record.

The game marked the first time the Rapids played NYCFC at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, after failing to win in any of their three visits to Yankee Stadium. The two clubs played out a 1-1 draw in the Rapids’ last trip to the city in 2022.

Colorado returns home Saturday to play the San Jose Earthquakes. New York City travels to take on Toronto FC on Saturday.