In their first match play of the preseason, the Colorado Rapids handed Florida International University a 3-0 defeat today in Sunrise, Florida.
“I think we saw an extremely professional performance today,” said head coach Gary Smith. “No one should say we shouldn’t have beaten this side, but their guys played well and I think their goalkeeper was the best player on the pitch. It is just another step in our preparation. The players played 45 each in real professional fashion.”
Smith went on to comment about training camp to this point, “I believe the players are in fantastic shape and have prepared themselves well to this point in camp. We trained for an hour and an half this morning at a very intense pace. The players have responded to the physical demands better than I have would have expected.”
The Rapids dominated play throughout the entire match limiting the Golden Panthers to few, if any, scoring opportunities.
Cory Gibbs led off the scoring with a header into the back of the net in the 5th minute assisted from trialist Manu Gomez.
Goals in the second half came from Mehdi Ballouchy’s brilliant free kick in the 47th minute and Omar Cummings from Colin Clark in the 75th minute.
The team will go back to two-a-day training sessions Friday and morning practices Saturday and Sunday ahead of their next match Sunday afternoon against Jacksonville University.