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Rapids, Wizards play to scoreless tie

Sep 27, 2009 - 4:46 AM KANSAS CITY, Kan.(AP) -- Preston Burpo recorded his first shutout in more than a year, helping the Colorado Rapids secure a road point with a scoreless draw against the Kansas City Wizards on Saturday night.

Colorado moved into third in the Western Conference with 39 points and is fifth overall.

Burpo, a veteran backup filling in for the injured Matt Pickens (right knee sprain), madethree saves for his shutout since a 2-0 home victory over Chicago on Sept. 14, 2008.

Burpo got some clutch help from defender Kosuke Kimura, who cleared Zoltan Hercegfalvi's shot after a corner kick in the 80th minute.

Kansas City's Kevin Hartman hadthree saves for his seventh shutout of the year.

Colorado (10-8-9) tied for the third straight time and is winless in its last four matches. Kansas City (8-11-7) has lost just once in its last five.

Each team had plenty of chances, but neither could finish. The Wizards outshot the Rapids 18-12, with a 4-3 advantage in shots on goal.

The last good chance for either team to win came halfway through second-half stoppage time, when the Wizards' Kei Kamarabroke free on the left wing and fired a long cross into the penalty area. Davy Arnaud made a long run at a dead sprint but could not connect with the pass.

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Story from: STATS LLC, http://www.stats.com.