Saturday, February 18, 2017

Desert Diamond Cup Game 2 - Including Blast From the Past

Colorado lined up for the second of their four Desert Diamond Cup games this afternoon.  I only saw the second half, but here's the lineup for kickoff:

(D) = Unsigned draftee

Miller - Ford - Sjoberg - Williams
Azira - Cronin
Callahan(D) - Powers - Badji

This lineup gave up a goal 19 minutes in from a corner that managed to fall uncleared in the box.

After 30 minutes Callahan was subbed out for former Rapid Tony Cascio.  He's currently signed with Phoenix Rising FC (formerly Arizona United SC) of the USL but has been recovering from injury and this was his first real game minutes in 6 months.  Officially he was listed as a guest player, not a trialist, but everyone who gets game minutes for a team is on trial, officially or otherwise.  If he impresses the Rapids would probably be able to buy him out of his USL contract.

He got off to a good start with back-to-back assists just as the stroke of halftime, first to Calvert, then to Badji.  After the break the same 11 took the field and Calvert made it a brace with a goal in the 60th minute.  Right after all 10 field players were subbed for the last 30 minutes:

Castillo - Watts - Burling - Burch
Hamilton(D) - Nana
Hairston - Perez - Gashi

This was Gashi's first action of the preseason, so his recovery from the Achilles issue must be going well.  Not a whole lot of action after the subs and the game finished 3-1.

Next up is NYCFC on Wednesday night at 5pm MT.

1 comment:

Mark Weatherley said...

It was a small sample size, but Cascio looked pretty darn good in the attack in terms of getting the ball to the right players in the box. Who knows if he can do this on a regular basis in real MLS matches, but he isn't going to cost much to acquire and would most likely get a relative low salary from the Rapids.

Liked the confidence shown by Calvert on both his finishes. Is he making a case to be the Rapids' starting #9 when the season begins?