Friday, February 1, 2013

Rapids Lose 2nd Preseason Game

Last night Colorado played the 2nd of 3 preseason games in Arizona, facing the Houston Dynamo.  Alas the Rapids started playing about 3 minutes after Houston, by which time they were already down a goal.  Here was their starting XI:

football formations

Due to work I wasn't able to watch the game.  According to reports, much like in the Portland game, after an early flurry by the Dynamo (including their goal) the Rapids controlled play in the half but couldn't convert.  Once again they made a full lineup change at halftime, going with this group in the second half:

football formations

In the 61st minute Wallace had to hobble off and be replaced by Chris Klute.  Not good news with his injury history the last two years.  The only other sub was Martinez for Akpan in the 83rd, which was not injury related.  Again the Rapids reportedly controlled most of the play but couldn't convert, eventually losing 1-0.

One interesting note came from the commentary team on this match.  According to them they were told that Walter Martinez has a green card and would not count as an international.  Of course the information for informal games like this is sometimes sketchy so I'm trying to get confirmation.

The final game in AZ is tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 11am Denver time against San Jose.

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