Rapids Reserves Down Houston Dynamo Reserves 2-0

WESTMINSTER CO (Sunday April 30 2006)- Led by two goals from newly- acquired forward Thiago Martins the Colorado Rapids Reserves (2-0-0 6pts) defeated the Houston Dynamo Reserves (0-1-0 0pts.) 2-0 today in a reserve league game played at the Rapids training facility in Westminster CO.

The Dynamo created the first scoring opportunity of the match in the 20th minute when Ronald Cerritos¹s accurate pass into space left forward Marcus Storey on a one-on-one situation against goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. The Rapids keeper made a spectacular save on Storey who tried to chip the ball over Coundoul.

The home team created their first opportunity in the 23rd minute when midfielder Colin Clark sent an outswinging cross into the heart of Houston¹s area. Martins met the cross but saw his header sail high above the crossbar.

Martins’ tireless efforts finally paid off in the 44th minute of the game when he collected a long ball from defender Dan Gargan. The 40 yard cross off a free kick was controlled by Martins inside of the penalty area before he nailed his shot past goalkeeper Zach Wells for the 1-0 lead.

Only seconds later a goal netted by Cerritos was called back due to an offside ruling.

The second goal of the day came quick in the second half when Martins netted his second tally in the 50th minute. It was Gargan again who started the play with a powerful low cross from the right side of the Dynamo¹s penalty area. The long range shot caught Wells by surprise and he attempted to make the save but was only able to deflect the shot and gave a rebound into the center of the penalty box. Martins was in the right place at the right time to push the rebound into an open net for the 2-0 lead.

Scoring-
COL- Thiago Martins (Dan Gargan 44¹)
Thiago Martins 50¹
HOU- NONE

Disciplinary Summary-
HOU- #5 Ryan Cochrane 5¹ (Unsporting Behavior)
HOU- #3 Kevin Goldthwaite 43¹ (Unsporting Behavior)
COL- #27 Stephen Keel 80¹ (Unsporting Behavior)

Lineups-

COL- #24 Bouna Coundoul #4 Dan Gargan (#77 Jake Traeger 86¹) #16 Chris Wingert #27 Stephen Keel #26 Jordan Harvey #8 Luchi Gonzalez #33 Daniel Wasson #31 Sasha Gotsmanov #23 Colin Clark (#36 Zak Kobilka 72¹) #30 Thiago Martins (#6 Josh Elbaum 66¹) #15 Jacob Peterson (#32 Aaron King 86¹)
Substitutes Not Used: NONE

HOU- #1 Zach Wells #4 Chris Aloisi #5 Ryan Cochrane #6 Kelly Gray #3 Kevin Goldthwaite #19 Patrick Ianni #22 Stuart Holden #7 Chris Wondolowski (#12 Julian Nash 61¹) #17 Mike Chabala (#23 Mpho Moloi 69¹) #26 Marcus Storey #20 Ronald Cerritos
Substitutes Not Used: #30 Martin Hutton

Saves- COL (6-Bouna Coundoul) HOU (4- Zach Wells);
Offsides- COL 3/ HOU-3;
Corner Kicks- COL 4/ HOU 3

Location: Westminster CO- Rapids Training Facility
Kick Off: 10:00am (MT)
Attendance: 120