No matter the opponent or the grueling schedule, D.C. United has not let anything bother it during its seven-game winning streak.
United (19-7, 47 points), Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference leader, made the Western Conference-leading Colorado Rapids (16-8, 42 points) its latest victim Saturday night when midfielder Ben Olsen scored the only goal of the match in the game's 16th minute for a 1-0 victory.
"We came in here with a very specific game plan knowing this was our third game in a week with a lot of travel," United Coach Thomas Rongen said. "We wanted to play contrary to what we normally do. A little more low pressure and counter on them, and we actually stuck to the game plan well and worked hard and got the result that we needed."
Colorado was the first Western Conference team United has played during its winning streak, and the victory avenged a 2-1 defeat to the Rapids at RFK Stadium on July 10.
Colorado Coach Glenn "Mooch" Myernick was impressed with the Eastern Conference leader after United dealt his club its second straight shutout defeat.
"I think tonight only D.C. United could beat us," he said. "We were very much dominating the play and they scored on us totally against the run of play. [Rapids defender] Ross Paule goes to sleep on that play and gets back-doored by Olsen, and that's the difference in the game.
"If we play like that the rest of the season, we'll finish in first place and have a very good chance to get to the championship."
Colorado outshot United, 19-9, Saturday night.
United will try to extend its winning streak to eight games when it meets the Dallas Burn at home on Saturday. It will be the last regular season meeting between the teams this season. The Burn (13-12, 35 points, third place in the Western Conference) defeated United, 3-0, in Dallas on June 16.
* WIZARDS 2, FUSION 0: Tony Meola recorded a shutout in his first home game with Kansas City on Sunday.
Meola, who made his Wizards debut at Chicago on Wednesday after injuring his knee in the preseason, had to make only three saves as the Fusion got off just nine shots.