Herculez Scores But Rapids Fall to Bermuda
June 27, 2010
BERMUDA (From Rapids and IslandStats.com reports) -At the National Sports Center last night the Bermuda National Team hosted the Colorado Rapids in the Rapids' final international preseason warm-up match of the club's 2008 spring training campaign.
After just two minutes the Rapids started controlling the game. Colorado won the first corner of the game in the 7th minute. Midfielder Christian Gomez had the first shot on target with an overhead kick that Bermuda 'keeper Timmy Figuerido saved easily.
In the 15th minute Rapids midfelder Rafael Gomes had a diving header saved by Figuerido.
In the 18th minute Bermuda’s Seion Darrell had a header from the edge of the box go straight to Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul.
In the 28th minute Bermuda's Lashon Dill came close to opening the scoring off a cross to the far post by Damon Ming which found Dill whose shot went just wide.
Bermuda were growing in confidence as they created several chances. In the 37th minute Ming was sent free down the right and his cross was grabbed by Coundoul.
In the 43rd minute a ball from Omar Shakir sent Domico Coddington but a hesitation by Coddington allowed a Rapisd defender to put in a tackle. At the half the game was tied 0–0.
The second half started with both teams looking to feel each other out. Kwame Steede headed Bermuda into the lead in the 51st minute as a long ball forward found Keishan Bean and his cross found Steede at the far post who headed the ball home.
Domico Coddington doubled the Bermuda lead in the 55th minute. A quickly taken free kick by Ming found Darrell and his cross was put away by Coddington on the edge of the six yard box.
In the 71st minute Coddington had a breakaway from the halfway line but his shot went just wide.
One minute later Herculez Gomez pulled a goal back for the Rapids. A quick attack down the right side was crossed and Gomez placed the ball low to Figuerido’s right for the tally.
The Rapids continued to press for the equalizer but Figuerido continued to get to the crosses as Bermuda hung on after a heart-stopping last 5 minutes of Rapids pressure.
BER - Steede (Bean) 51
BER - Coddington 55
COL- H. Gomez (Peterson) 72
Colorado Rapids: Bouna Coundoul Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. (Jordan
Harvey 56) Facundo Erpen (Tim Ward 56) Stephen Keel Kosuke Kimura (Dan Gargan 56) Colin Clark Rafael Gomes (Ciaran O'Brien 56) John DiRaimondo Terry Cooke (Jacob Peterson 56) Christian Gomez (Herculez Gomez 56) Omar Cummings (Jovan Kirovski 56)