Jovan Kirovski scores as Rapids fall to China 2-1 in International Friendly
Commerce City CO (Sunday June 10 2007)- A goal from acting captain Jovan Kirovski was not enough to propel the Rapids to victory Sunday night against the Chinese National Team at Dick's Sporting Goods Park as
Early action was dominated by long balls from both sides with neither team coming away with a promising chance. Errant crosses and hotly contested passes were the highlights of the first 11 minutes.
The first real action of the match came at the Rapids' end of the field. The first opportunity for
After dominating play early
Finally in the 20th minute a beautiful chip from Nick LaBrocca produced the first real chance of the game for the Rapids. The ball fell to the left side of the box for Colin Clark who did well to take down LaBrocca’s pass but sent a shot over the goal and into the crowd.
But the Rapids would not have to wait long to be rewarded for their attacking efforts. In the 22nd minute Terry Cooke played a ball to Nicolas Hernandez at the top of the box who slipped a pass through the legs of Zahng Baofeng to Jovan Kirovski. The captain’s brilliantly timed run allowed him to place a cool finish past Chinese goalkeeper Yang Jun to put the Rapids up 1-0.
After the goal the game shifted back into the midfield with neither team connecting passes in the attacking third for some time. There wasn’t much action for the rest of the half except for a free kick won by Zhang Shuai that was sent well wide and high by Zhao Xuri.
In the second half
Only four minutes after tying the game
In the 63rd minute Fernando Clavijo decided to give goalkeeper Justin Hughes his first chance to play in a Rapids kit. The club's third string goalkeeper had yet to play in any contest before Sunday night.
A pair of free kicks later in the half yielded chances for the Rapids. A shot from Kirovski at the top of the box and an Omar Cummings header were both high of the Chinese goal.
LaBrocca produced the Rapids' best chance of the second half in the 89th minute when he powered a 25-yard effort inches over the crossbar.
COL- Kirovski (Hernandez Cooke) 22
CHN – Wang (unassisted) 53
CHN – Dong (Wang) 57
Substitutes Not Used: Conor Casey John DiRaimondo Brandon Prideaux
Chinese National Team – Yang Jun Zhang Shuai (Li Yan 46) Ji Mingyi Zhao Xuri (Qu Bo 46) Xin Feng Li Tie (Cao Yang 68) Hao Junmin (Zheng Bin 22) Zhang Yaokun Wang Dong Zhang Boafeng (Xu Yunlong 46 (Wang Peng 83)) Dong Fangzhouo (Du Wenhui 88)
Substitutes Not Used: Chen Dong Zong Lei
COL- Beckerman (Caution) 70
CHN Zheng (Caution) 79
CHN Qu (Caution) 86
CHN- Li (Caution) 89
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Referees Assts.: Dion Telting Matt Grove
Fourth Official: Scott McCaslin