The Colorado Rapids Reserves registered a 3-1 victory over the University of Denver Tuesday afternoon at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
Playing their second college team in as many weeks, the Rapids Reserve squad got a pair of goals from trialist Chris Salvaggione and a goal and an assist from Gregory Richardson to come away with the win.
In a physical match that saw DU receive two red cards, the weekday contest served as a good opportunity for many of the Rapids’ squad players to gain some valuable match play. Because of the nature of the scrimmage, the visiting club was given permission to substitute the carded players to keep a full 11-v-11 match.
Salvaggione scored the game’s opening goal in the 10th minute when he punched home a loose ball in front of the net following Nico Colaluca’s efforts to work the ball into the penalty area.
Colorado added a second goal in the 27th minute, as Ciaran O’Brien found a wide-open Gregory Richardson in the center of the box. Richardson was able to turn and find a opening to the back of the net.
The Rapids upped their lead to 3-0 in the 73rd minute, as Salvaggione tallied his second of the game. Richardson creativity dribbled his way across the left side of the pitch before feeding Salvaggione to the far post and the finish.
The Pioneers quickly responded on a free kick goal two minutes later. With the ball sitting about 18 yards from goal, Collin Audley placed a beautiful free kick shot to the left side of the goal pass a diving Steward Ceus.
COL- Salvaggione (Colaluca) 10
COL- Richardson (O’Brien) 27
COL- Salvaggione (Richardson) 73
DU- Audley (unassisted) 75
Colorado Rapids: Matt Pickens, Ivan Guerrero, *Rich Kotschau, Michael Holody, *Clayton Zelin, *Chris Salvaggione, Greg Dalby, Ciaran O’Brien, Nico Colaluca, Ross Schunk, Gregory Richardson
Denver: Joe Willis, Kris Banghart, Colin Jones, Kyle Varvil, Marc Kocel, Jarod Stigall, Collin Audley, Ryan Garren, Alex DeCosta, Sam Garza, Michael Perry