Sunday, February 5, 2012

First Friendly In The Books

The Rapids played their first friendly of the preseason today against the Ventura County Fusion at Oxnard College in California.  The game was a scoreless draw and with no coverage its hard to draw much of anything from the result, but here are the starting lineups for each half (* denotes trialist):

1st Half:
Cascio - Amarikwa - Akpan
Thompson - Nane - LaBauex
Freeman - Marshall - Palguta - Zapata*

2nd Half:
Angulo* - Archer* - Armstrong
Thompson - Nane - Guido*
Huazo* - Marshall - Palguta - Ababio

Obviously this was a game for some of the reserves to try to make their mark in competing for a starting spot.   The only one of these players likely to start on March 10th is Hunter Freeman.  I'm not sure who Huazo or Guido are, possibly local trialists.  Jefferson Angulo just joined the team from Colombia.  I'm sure we'll hear more about them soon.  Casey, Smith, and Wallace did not travel with the team, staying here in Denver to continue their rehabs from injury.  Kohei Yamada will finally be able to join the team on Tuesday, arriving from Japan after getting his visa paperwork taken care of.  Issac Cowles and Aaron Pitchkolan were also cut from camp before the team left.

The updated camp roster:

underline = unsigned trialist

Steward Ceus
Joel Helmick (draftee)
Ian Joyce
Matt Pickens

Eddie Ababio
Hunter Freeman
Kosuke Kimura
Tyrone Marshall
Drew Moor
Scott Palguta
Anthony Wallace
Marvell Wynne
Luis Eduardo Zapata

Davy Armstrong
Tony Cascio
Jaime Castrillon
Steven Emory
Josh Janniere
Ross LaBauex
Jeff Larentowicz
Pablo Mastroeni
Brian Mullan
Joseph Nane
Jamie Smith
Wells Thompson
Kohei Yamada

Andre Akpan
Quincy Amarikwa
Jefferson Angulo
Sam Archer
Conor Casey
Omar Cummings
Macoumba Kandji

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