Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Preseason Match Recap: Rapids Fall to Galaxy 0-2 in Phoenix

Rapids Match Recap (Phoenix, AZ)- Playing their second match in as many days, the Colorado Rapids dropped a 0-2 decision to the LA Galaxy at the Casa Grande Performance Institute this afternoon.

(Check out video from the match and reactions from rookie Ross LaBauex on the Rapids' Facebook page by clicking here).

Los Angeles’ Mike Magee tallied a brace in the first half, registering goals in the 7th and 34th minutes.

Magee’s first score came from a rocket of a shot from the left side, while his second goal of the day was assisted by a Tristan Bowan touch pass inside the six-yard box, giving Magee an open net look.

The Rapids' best scoring opportunity of the first half followed a minute later when Drew Moor towered above the pack to head a Jamie Smith corner kick off the crossbar.

The Galaxy took their two goal advantage into the halftime break, as the Arizona sun beat down for the first time in three days.

Los Angeles looked like the more tactical team today, controlling much of the flow throughout the second half and keeping Colorado’s offensive threats to a minimum.

Rapids rookies Andre Akpan and Ross LaBauex gave the Rapids a sense of hope in the 88th minute when LaBauex’s through pass sliced the Galaxy defense at the top of the box, putting Apkan in position for a shot. Akpan’s shot was headed for the lower left corner before Galaxy ‘keeper Josh Saunders came up with a fingertip save.

In other notes, Colorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus also recorded his second straight second half shutout today, as the Rapids' netminders split halves again this game.

The Rapids will have one training session Thursday afternoon and one Friday morning ahead of their third and final preseason game in Arizona when they face rivals Real Salt Lake at 4:00 p.m. MT....make sure to check back here for updates from the rest of the week and Friday's match!

Colorado Rapids vs. Columbus Crew
Preseason match

Scoring Summary:
LA- Magee (unassisted) 7'
LA- Magee (Bowan) 34'

Rapids 1st Half Lineup: Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Julien Baudet, Mike Holody, Drew Moor, Pat Noonan, Nick LaBrocca, Medhi Ballouchy, Jamie Smith, Omar Cummings, Devon Hodges

Rapids 2nd Half Lineup: Steward Ceus, Kosuke Kimura, Greg Dalby, Mike Holody, Rob Valentino, Wells Thompson, Medhi Ballouchy, Ross LaBauex, Andy Lorei, Ross Schunk, Andre Akpan

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