Back-to-Back! Rapids Reserves are Champions Again!
The Rapids Reserves got off to a quick start as they earned a free kick near the top of
Jacob Peterson had the next shot on goal for the Rapids. In the 10th minute John DiRaimondo played the ball down the right channel where Peterson picked it up with a deft touch and fired a rocket to the low near post; the ball was barely saved.
Toronto's Joey Melo came close to breaking the deadlock in the 24th minute when a cross deflected out to him 30 yards from Zach Thornton’s goal. Melo uncorked a rocket that sailed just wide.
Nicolas Hernandez had a great chance in the 52nd minute. After running furiously to get into open space he received a pass turned and fired. His shot beat the ‘keeper but not the post and it ricocheted out for a goal kick.
The Rapids jumped ahead in the 65th minute as Cancela taking another free kick played a ball to the back post where Keel deflected it across the mouth of the goal to Jordan Harvey who smashed the ball into the back of the net to put Colorado up 1-0.
The Rapids doubled their lead in the 80th minute. Rapids Reserve call-up player Galen Thompson was the catalyst as he played a terrific cross from the right wing to the center of the box. Cancela fought hard to put his head on the ball and he made his effort count as he found the back of the net.
Colorado Rapids Reserves: Zach Thornton Galen Thompson Cliff Wilmes Jordan Harvey Stephen Keel Nick LaBrocca John DiRaimondo (Chris Lemmons 55) Jose Cancela Jacob Peterson Daniel Osorno (Nico Colaluca 81) Nicolas Hernandez (Omar Cummings 81)
Substitutes not used: Mehdi Ballouchy Justin Hughes
Toronto FC Reserves: Serge Djekanovic Chistian Nunez Stephen Lumley Marco Reda Tyler Hemming Joey Melo (Chris Pozniac 52) Niki Budalic Miguel Canizales (Adam Braz 75) David Guzan Evan Milward Andrea Lombardo
Substitutes not used: Sam Reynolds Kayin Jeffers Gabe Gala
TOR – Pozniak (Caution) 69
TOR – Reda (Caution) 77