Commerce City, Colo. - It was a disappointing weekend for both of the Colorado Rapids Development Academy Teams, with each falling to the visiting FC Dallas sides at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
On Saturday, November 10, while fighting the elements of a snow storm, the U-16 boys lost to FCD's U-16's 2-1. As FC Dallas took an early lead in the 7th minute, the Rapids fought hard to come back and Colorado’s Edward Venta-Yepes scored the equalizer in the 40th minute. However Dallas would score once more just before halftime, and hold on through the second half to preserve the victory over the home team.
Rapids goalkeeper Andrew Epstein, who played for the U-18s in the win over the Houson Dynamo last week, gave a strong performance in between the posts, parrying a dangerous Dallas attempt within the first five minutes. Epstein had dove to deflect a shot from an FC Dallas attacker and the rebound fell to the feet of another opponent who quickly pulled the trigger, but the Fort Collins goalkeeper was up just as fast to push the shot wide of the post.
In the 40th minute, the Rapids earned a free kick 40 yards from the Dallas goal line. Dakota Peterson lofted a perfect ball behind the Dallas defensive line that was met by an on-rushing Venta-Yepes who scored on a one-touch finish to tie the game. Dallas responded just three minutes later to take the lead before halftime, when Rapids Academy staff had to shovel snow and hail off of the sidelines before the second half.
The Rapids U16s, now 5-3-1 (W-L-T) and 16 points, are third in points in the Frontier Division and next face Solar Chelsea SC of Dallas Texas at 2 p.m. MT this Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Field 8.
The Rapids U-18 lost to their counterparts from Texas 2-0 earlier in the day. Colorado and Dallas shared possession nearly equally in the first half until the Rapids surrendered a goal just before the halftime whistle. In the second half, the Rapids were in control for much of the time, but after an unsuccessful attempt at goal, Dallas used the counter-attack to score their second and earn a 2-0 victory on the road.
The U-18 team fell to fifth in the Frontier Division based on points with a now 4-3-2 record and 14 points. They are tied in that spot with Solar Chelsea SC, whom they take on this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Field 8.