Rapids Reserve fall to RSL 2-0 in last match of the season
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Real Salt Lake reserves shutout the Colorado Rapids reserves 2-0 on Saturday morning at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in last match of the 2011 Reserve League season for each team.
Salt Lake midfielder Arturo Alvarez was the first to notch one for Real, as he received a pass from Nelson González on the right flank, carried the ball down the sideline and beat Rapids goalkeeper Ian Joyce with a near-post shot in the 33rd minute. The Rapids responded throughout the half with crafty combinations from Quincy Amarikwa and Andre Akpan but were unable to capitalize.
González was once more the playmaker when he completed a give-and-go in the 43’ to assist Jean Alexandre, who placed the ball just inside the left post to put Real up 2-0 before halftime. After a scoreless second half, the Rapids gave it one last shot in stoppage time when defender Eddie Ababio lofted a ball from the right touchline towards an on-coming Davy Armstrong, whose header went just outside the crossbar and ultimately gave Salt Lake the shutout.
With the win, Real Salt Lake reserves snapped a three-game winning streak for the Rapids and ended a four-game losing skid of their own to finish the season with a 3-7-0 record (9 points) in the Central/Mountain Division standings. The Rapids, 3-6-1 (W-L-T), close out just one spot ahead of RSL in the standings with 10 points.
RSL – Arturo Alvarez (Nelson González) 33
RSL – Jean Alexandre (Nelson González) 43
COL – Joseph Nane (Delaying Restart) 44
COL – Andre Akpan (Unsporting behavior) 52
RSL – Nico Muñiz (Unsporting behavior) 56
Colorado Rapids Reserves – Ian Joyce; Danny Earls, Scott Palguta, Mike Holody, Miguel Comminges (Josh Janniere, 46); Davy Armstrong, Joseph Nane (Steven Emory, 60), Ross LaBauex (Dillon Serna*, 60), Eddie Ababio; Andre Akpan, Quincy Amarikwa
Substitutes Not Used: Steward Ceus, Ricardo Perez*, Brad Stisser**
Real Salt Lake Reserves – Tim Melia (Kyle Reynish, 72); Donny Toia, Blake Wagner, Rauwshan McKenzie, Chris Schuler; Nico Muñiz (Cody Arnoux, 72), Nelson González (Chris Agorsor, 46), Arturo Alvarez, Collen Warner (Paulo Mendes** 65); Jean Alexandre (Chris Agorsor, 46), Paulo Junior (Pedro Mendes**, 72)
Substitutes Not Used: None
* = Denotes Colorado Rapids Academy or FC Dallas Academy players
**= Denotes trial players
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees
All Statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial