Undefeated Rapids Reserves Leading the Way in First Place in MLS Reserve Division

WESTMINSTER (ColoradoRapids.com) - The Colorado Rapids Reserve Team is posting a strong start to the 2006 MLS Reserve Divsion season rolling over the competition and going 3-0-0 to start off the season.

Led by Rapids Reserve Team coach Steve Trittschuh the Rapids Reserves have posted impressive victories over the Columbus Crew Reserves (whom they have beaten twice already) and the Houston Dynamo Reserves for nine total points which puts them No. 1 in the MLS Reserve Division standings.

Rapids forward Thiago Martins is leading the Reserve Division in points with five goals (four with the Rapids and one with the Red Bulls) and one assist in three games played.

Check out the match recaps below from each of the Rapids Reserves' games so far this season!

All Rapids Reserve home games are played at the Rapids Training Center at 105th and Sheridan in Westminster CO and are free and open to the public.

And remember you can always find out the latest schedule news stats and standings from the reserve teams around the league by visiting the official webpage of the MLS Reserve Division by CLICKING HERE.

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RAPIDS RESERVES GAME #3
Rapids Reserves 3 Crew Reserves 2

The Rapids Reserves rebounded from an early 2-0 deficit to pull out a 3-2 win over the Columbus Crew Reserves this past Sunday May 14 at the Crew’s training facility in Obetz Ohio. With the win the Rapids Reserves remained unbeaten on the year at 3-0-0 while the Crew Reserves fell to 0-4-0.

The Crew got on the board in the 6th minute when a Ned Grabavoy cross found the head of Knox Cameron to give the Crew a 1-0 lead. The Crew lead grew in the 29th minute when Leo Bisaku played a through ball to Eric Vasquez who put Columbus ahead 2-0.

The Rapids Reserves made it 2-1 just before halftime when Fabrice Noel scored in the 42nd minute. Colorado then tied the match at 2-2 in the 49th minute when Thiago Martins pounced on a bouncing ball in the box to equalize.

Martins then capped his brace and scored the game-winner in the 55th minute after picking off a bad back pass to give the Rapids a 3-2 lead which turned out to be the final score.

SCORING
Crew – Knox Cameron (Ned Grabavoy Leo Bisaku). 6th minute
Crew – Eric Vasquez (Bisaku) 29th minute
Colorado – Fabrice Noel (Jordan Harvey) 42nd minute
Colorado – Thiago Martins 49th minute
Colorado – Martin 55th minute

Yellow Cards: Steve Keel (Colorado) Kei Kamara (Columbus)

LINEUPS
Crew: Andy Gruenbaum Milton Blanco Ivan Becerra Thulani Ncube Ahmad Manning (Machel Millwood 59) Eric Vasquez Jose Retiz Leo Bisaku (Duke Hashimoto 56) Dayton O’Brien Ned Grabavoy (Lubomir Bodnagov 45) Knox Cameron (Kei Kamara 45; Brian Cvilikas 80)

Colorad Bobby Ritter Matt Crawford (Sasha Gotsmanov 62) Chris Wingert Steve Keel Jordan Harvey Dan Gargan Dan Wasson Colin Clark (#36 82) Luchi Gonzalez Thiago Martins Fabrice Noel (Aaron King 68)

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RAPIDS RESERVES GAME #2
Rapids Reserves 2 Dynamo Reserves 0

WESTMINSTER CO - Led by two goals from newly-acquired forward Thiago Martins the Colorado Rapids Reserves (2-0-0 6 pts) defeated the Houston Dynamo Reserves (0-1-0 0 pts.) 2-0 on April 30 in a 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 Cerritos' accurate pass into space left forward Marcus Storey in 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 Houston's 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 Dynamo's 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 44) Thiago Martins 50
HOU: NONE

Disciplinary Summary:
HOU: #5 Ryan Cochrane 5 (Unsporting Behavior)
HOU: #3 Kevin Goldthwaite 43 (Unsporting Behavior)
COL: #27 Stephen Keel 80 (Unsporting Behavior)

Lineups:

COL: #24 Bouna Coundoul #4 Dan Gargan (#77 Jake Traeger 86) #16 Chris Wingert #27 Stephen Keel #26 Jordan Harvey #8 Luchi Gonzalez #33 Daniel Wasson #31 Sasha Gotsmanov #23 Colin Clark (#36 Zak Kobilka 72) #30 Thiago Martins (#6 Josh Elbaum 66) #15 Jacob Peterson (#32 Aaron King 86) 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 61) #17 Mike Chabala (#23 Mpho Moloi 69) #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
Kickoff: 10:00am (MT)
Attendance: 120

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RAPIDS RESERVES GAME #1
Rapids Reserves 4 Crew Reserves 0

WESTMINSTER CO - Four different players scored goals and Bouna Coundoul kept a clean sheet for the Colorado Rapids Reserves in a 4-0 victory over the Columbus Crew Reserves in a game played at the Rapids training facility in Westminster Colorado on Sunday April 9 at 11:00 a.m. (MT).

Sasha Gotsmanov Aaron King Luchi Gonzalez and Dan Gargan all got on the score sheet as Colorado won their MLS Reserve League opener.

The Rapids struck first in the 26th minute when Gonzalez played a through ball down the right touchline for Jacob Peterson. Peterson raced toward the near post drew the goalkeeper off of his line and slotted the ball to Gotsmanov who finished the play.

Just two minutes later Rapids left back Jordan Harvey played a ball into the box from the sideline that Denver native King latched on to and put in the back of the net.

Eleven minutes from the halftime whistle Anthony Peters was called for a hand ball inside the Crew penalty area. Gonzalez stepped up and placed the ball to the right as goalie Andy Grenebaum dove to the left to put the Rapids up 3-nil.

The Rapids closed their scoring account in the second-to-last-minute of the game when Gotsmanov beat two Crew defenders in the corner and got a cross off to the far post. King redirected the ball back toward the middle and guest player Cody Berg flicked the ball on to Gargan who scored into the empty net.

The Rapids will be back in league action this coming Saturday April 15th when they take on Western Conference rivals FC Dallas at 7 p.m. at INVESCO Field. Colorado knocked Dallas out of the playoffs in a shootout last season. The Rapids Reserve will host the Houston Dynamo Reserves on Sunday April 30 at 10:00 a.m. (MT) at the Westminster Training Facility.

Colorado Rapids Man of the Match: Luchi Gonzalez

Scoring Summary:
COL - Gotsmanov (Peterson Gonzalez) 26
COL - King (Harvey) 28
COL - Gonzalez (Penalty Kick) 34
COL - Gargan (Berg King) 89

LINEUPS:

Colorado Rapids - Bouna Coundoul Dan Gargan Liam Girrard (Zack Kubilca 46) Stephen Keel Jordan Harvey Luchi Gonzalez Sasha Gotsmanov Daniel Wasson Josh Elbaum (Cody Berg 72) Aaron King Jacob Peterson
Substitutes Not Used: Mike Cardenas

Columbus Crew - Andy Grenebaum Brett McNabb (Duke Hashimoto 19) Tim Ward Joel Kitamirike Marcos Gonzalez (Jake Trager 46) Ivan Becerra Dayton O'Brien Eric Vasques Jose Retiz (Anthony Peters 32 Jason Gary 46) Knox Cameron John Wolyniec (Kevin Nugent 60)
Substitutes Not Used: Bill Gaudette

Misconduct Summary:
CLB - Kitamirike (Caution 41)
CLB - Kitamirike (Caution Ejection 75)