COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Wednesday, May 23, 2012) – The Colorado Rapids Reserves tied the Houston Dynamo Reserves 2-2 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park today. Rapids forward Edu and trialist Kevin Garcia each notched a goal, while midfielder Jamie Smith got his first competitive action since returning from a torn ACL suffered last October.
After several chances from each team to open the half, the Rapids were the first to score when Edu finished a corner kick taken by Smith in the 23rd minute. Houston responded in the 49th minute to tie the game when Je-Vaughn Watson finished to the near post after a run down the left flank. Colin Rolfe’s goal in the last five minutes of the match put the Dynamo ahead, but Colorado rallied in stoppage time with a goal by Garcia, assisted by Kohei Yamada.
The draw brings the Rapids to a 3-2-1 record and third in the Central/Mountain Division, while Houston sits one spot ahead in the standings with a 3-1-1 record. The Colorado Rapids Reserves next face Sporting KC at home on June 9, and the Dynamo’s face Texas rivals FC Dallas on June 16.
COL – Edu (Jamie Smith) 23’
HOU – Je-Vaughn Watson (unassisted) 49’
HOU – Colin Rolfe 88'
COL – Kevin Garcia (Kohei Yamada) 90’+
COL – Luis Zapata (Unsporting behavior) 32’
COL – Bobby Burling (Unsporting behavior) 56’
COL – Joseph Nane (Unsporting behavior) 71’
HOU – Oscar Recio (Unsporting behavior) 90’+
Colorado Rapids Reserves – Steward Ceus, Davy Armstrong (**Kevin Garcia 46), Scott Palguta, **Bobby Burling, Luis Zapata, Jamie Smith (Kohei Yamada 63’), Harrison Henao (*Shane O’Neill 74’), Joseph Nane, Edu, Kamani Hill, Andre Akpan (*Idrissa Camara 79’).
Substitutes Not Used: Ian Joyce, *Ricardo Perez
Houston Dynamo – Tyler Deric, Warren Creavalle (**Christian Gonzalez 88’), Andre Hainault (**Bradley Bourgeois 66’), Nathan Sturgis, Oscar Recio, Colin Clark, Alex Dixon, Luiz Camargo (Je-Vaughn Watson 46’), Josue Soto (Brian Ownby 70’), Macoumba Kandji (Colin Rolfe 81’), Cam Weaver.
Substitutes Not Used: Tally Hall
* = Denotes Colorado Rapids Academy players
**= Denotes trial players