Rapids fall to Brazilian side Flamengo at Generation adidas Cup
With a strong wind blowing in the opposite direction from Monday's gusts, Flamengo won the coin toss and elected to play with the wind at their back. It resulted in a lopsided first half, with Colorado rarely able to cross midfield in possession.
After several dangerous early free kicks, Flamengo's Matheus Savio bent in a cross from the left corner, and defender Rafael – still up from the previous set piece – headed it into the back of the net. Flamengo doubled its lead five minutes later when Matheus Savio fed Jean at the top of the penalty area, and he calmly curled a golazo into the top right corner, easily the goal of the tournament so far.
The wind hurt the Rapids in the 22nd minute, as goalkeeper Tucker Schneider – who made six saves in the game – uncharacteristically bobbled a wind-blown cross, and Luã reacted first to knock it into an empty net. Powerful target forward Felipe Vizeu rounded out the first-half scoring when he held off a defender at the top of the penalty area before lacing a left-footed shot that caromed in off the left post.
The Rapids improved in the second half but gave up an unlucky goal when a cross by substitute Digão hit Felipe Vizeu in the hip and looped over the head of the unlucky Schneider.
Flamengo face New York on Thursday with first place in Group A on the line, while Colorado face the Seattle Sounders, who can still advance to the semifinals if they beat Colorado and get other results to go their way.
Colorado Rapids (0-2) vs. Flamengo (1-0-1)
2014 Generation adidas Cup - Group A
April 16, 2014 –- Toyota Stadium Field 4, Frisco TX
FLA – Rafael 1 (Matheus Savio 1) 8
FLA – Jean 2 (Matheus Savio 2) 13
FLA – Luã 1 (unassisted) 22
FLA – Felipe Vizeu 1 (unassisted) 25
FLA – Felipe Vizeu 2 (Digão 1) 43
Colorado Rapids – Tucker Schneider, Elijah Mwenebitu, Quentin Pearson, William Herzl (Elias Helbig 47), Christopher Reichman, Blake Moncur (Kyle Ericson 56), Sam Raben, Greer Solarte (Nathan Braaten 36), Anthony Rosales, Miles Chow (Luke Marchesani 56), J.T. Grover..
Flamengo – Gabriel, Luis Rocha (Hugo 45), Arthur, Rafael, Victor Lindenberg (Digão 41), Lucas Santos, Luã (Leonardo Cereja 46), Michel, Matheus Savio (Paquetá 41), Jean (Diego 47), Felipe Vizeu.
Match played with 30-minute halves.
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial