Drew Moor was the hero for the Rapids in the 25th minute, scoring on a header from a Sanna Nyassi delivery.
For Smith, it was the result of a week of smart decision making, which also resulted in a badly-needed CONCACAF Champions League victory over Isidro Metapan.
“It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for a week like this. Some big decisions to make, I felt they were the right ones, and I’ve been vindicated in that with the two results that we had,” Smith told reporters after the match. “Sometimes when things are not quite going your way, you’ve got to try to do something a little bit different.
“I took a little bit of a chance, of course, but I think it paid off, and paid off handsomely. We’ve ended up in a real good spot in the Champions League and today’s result covers a lot of ground."
With the results, Colorado improve to 11-9-12 and sit in the middle of the MLS Western Conference with 45 points. As for struggling FC Dallas, they are in a bit of a bind, managing just a 13-11-7 record and 46 points.