Rapids Reserves Easily Dispatch LA Galaxy Reserves 3-1

BROOMFIELD Colo. (Sunday Aug. 13 2006) – The Colorado Rapids Reserves bounced back from their only defeat this season to beat the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves 3-1 in front of 114 fans in Broomfield on Sunday.

The Rapids conceded the game’s first goal in the 13th minute. Michael Enfield made a pass to Josh Hanson. Hanson held the ball then wond up with a 35-yard shot. Rapids ‘keeper Matt Jordan and most everyone in attendance thought the ball would go wide but it just caught the inside of the goal post and bounced into the back of the net.

It took 11 minutes but the Rapids Reserves equalized in the 25th minute. Sasha Gotsmanov played a ball into Fabrice Noel as he ran past the Galaxy Reserves defense. The young Haitian took the ball in stride and rifled a shot into the far side netting making the game 1-1.

The Rapids Reserves continued their strong play in the first half and took the lead in the 29th minute. Luchi Gonzalez Clint Mathis and Gotsmanov passed the ball around the Galaxy Reserves midfield before Mathis found Colin Clark in the middle of the pitch. Clark playing defensive midfield took a few touches until he had an open look at goal. His left-footed 25-yard shot sailed past Steve Cronin and into the goal.

In the second half the Rapids Reserves outshot Los Angeles 12 to 2 and had five shots on goal compared to the opponents' one but converted only one of those into a goal.

In the 84th minute Fabrice Noel caused a turnover in the midfield and stole the ball. He began to dribble to the right but found nothing there so switched directions and picked up his head in time to spot Jordan Harvey streaking down the left side unmarked. The UCLA product took one touch before he blasted the ball past a oncoming Cronin to give the Rapids Reserves the 3-1 lead and the win.

Scoring Summary:
LA – Hanson (Enfield) 13
COL – Noel (Gotsmanov) 25
COL – Clark (Mathis Gotsmanov) 29
COL – Harvey (Noel) 84

LINEUPS:
Colorado Rapids – Matt Jordan (Bouna Coundoul 46) Bryan Eisenbraun Jake Traeger Stephen Keel Eric Denton Luchi Gonzalez Sasha Gotsmanov Colin Calrk Jordan Harvey Clint Mathis Fabrice Noel
Substitutes Not Used: Ryan Moschel Aaron King

Los Angeles Galaxy – Steve Cronin Raul Palomares Ryan Valdez Kyle Veris Lawrence Smalls Will Weatherly Michael Enfield Emmanuel Bentil (Alan Gordon 58) Jason Boyce (Santino Quaranta 55) John Wolyniec Josh Hanson
Substitute Not Used: Steve Gonzalez

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Mathis (Caution) 22
LA – Bentil (Caution) 31
LA – Palomares (Caution) 44
LA – Veris (Caution) 69

Referee: Ben Chouaf
Referee's Assts: Ignacio Jamies; Scott McCaslin
4th Official: Eric Bryan
Attendance: 114