The Colorado Rapids U-18s run at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy national championship ended today with a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the final match of Group 1 play at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.. The Rapids draw leaves them with two points after three games and in third place.
Vancouver, with two wins and a draw, win the group and will conclude its first season in the Academy by facing 2011 runner-up FC Dallas in the final Sunday, July 23, at 8 p.m. CT at BBVA Compass Stadium.
The Rapids will face Baltimore Bays Chelsea FC in the fifth-place match on July 22 at at the Houston Amateur Sports Park.
Colorado's Idrissa Camara broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute, finishing a well-constructed passing sequence by firing a low drive from the top of the 18-yard box that deflected off his marker and skidded under Irving.
Needing only a draw to advance, Vancouver equalized in the 78th minute off an individual effort by Spencer DeBoice, who took control on the left side and slashed inside toward goal, tucking a shot just inside the in near post.
Already missing standout Dillon Serna, who was with the U.S. U-20 National Team, the Rapids also played without recently signed homegrown players Shane O'Neill, who was called up for the first team for the match against Real Salt Lake.
COL– Idi Camara 63'
VAN – Spencer Deboice 78
Rapids U-18s lineup: 18-Brad Holub; 4-Ben Braman, 3-Alex Braman, 7-Chris Gurule, 8-Karsten Hanlin; 2-Avery Ball, 20-David Pardo; 14-Jorde Lopez (10-Josue Chavez, 46), 46-Ricardo Perez, 24-Austin Seifert (19-Daniel Nevarez, 64); 9-Idi Camara
Substitutions Not Used: 12-Shane O’Neill, 13-Jason Prichard, 19-Daniel Nevarez, 25-Cameron Taycon, 31-Andrew Epstein, 42-Isaac Martinez, 46-Ricardo Perez
Head coach: Brian Crookham