10-Man Rapids Reserves Win 3-1 Over Earthquakes Reserves

SANTA CLARA Calif.(Saturday July 12 2008) – The Colorado Rapids Reserves used two goals from Herculez Gomez and one from Nico Colaluca as they defeated the San Jose Earthquakes 3-1 on Saturday afternoon despite playing down a man for 56 minutes.

The Earthquakes opened the scoring with a Matt Hatzke strike in the opening 15 minutes of the game. Hatzke picked up a pass from Ned Grabavoy on the left side of the penalty box and ripped a shot to the near post.

Colorado answered back in the 25th minute with a strike from Gomez. Jacob Peterson streaked down the right side of the defense and crossed the ball for Gomez and he found the back of the net past goalkeeper Dan Benton.

The Rapids went down a man two minutes later as Jose Burciaga Jr. was shown a red card for a tackle on Quakes midfielder Luciano Fusco.

Preston Burpo made many quality saves in the second half including one on Shea Salinas as he made a nice run past a defender into the box but his shot from a tight angle was blocked.

The Rapids grabbed the lead nine minutes into the second half with Gomez again right in the middle of the action. He fired a shot off the post that bounced directly out to Nico Colaluca. Colaluca used the outside of his right foot to bend the rebound into the far post for a 2-1 Rapids advantage.

The Rapids extended their lead to 3-1 in the 65th minute when Gomez took a shot from the right side as he was surrounded by defenders and blasted it past Benton.

Colorado had a number of chances to broaden the lead but the ball found the woodwork three times twice from Gomez and once by Jacob Peterson.

Scoring Summary:

SJ – Matt Hatzke (Ned Grabavoy) 12

COL – Herculez Gomez (Jacob Peterson) 25

COL – Nico Colaluca (Unassisted) 54

COL – Herculez Gomez (Unassisted) 65

Lineups:

Colorado Rapids – Preston Burpo Jordan Harvey Stephen Keel Mike Petke Kosuke Kimura (Tim Ward 83) Jose Burciaga Jr. Nico Colaluca John DiRaimondo (Ciaran O’Brien 46) Brian Grazier (Cesar Zambrano 83) Herculez Gomez Jacob Peterson

Subs not used:Chris Sharpe Brandon Tucker

San Jose Earthquakes – Dan Benton Adam Smarte Jamil Roberts Jay Ayres Amir Lowery (Hugo Miguel Sousa 73) Shea Salinas Ned Grabavoy Luciano Fusco (Yuri Morales 46) Matt Hatzke Jovan Kirovski John Cunliffe.

Subs not used:Michael Gustavson

Misconduct Summary:

COL – Jose Burciaga (Ejection) 34

SJ - Amir Lowery (Caution) 36

SJ – Jovan Kirovski (Caution) 63

SJ – Ned Grabavoy (Caution)

COL – Jordan Harvey (Caution) 75