Two Colorado Rapids Academy Teams went undefeated last weekend, posting a combined 4-0-2 record versus youth teams from Real Salt Lake, FC Dallas, Chicago Fire, and Houston Dynamo.
Participating in the 2013 Generation adidas Cup, Major League Soccer's annual showcase Academy tournament, the Rapids fielded an Under-17 team made up almost entirely of its U-16 Development Academy group for the first of two qualifying events in the Central Region, which was held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park from October 11-14.
In the first match Colorado defeated RSL, 3-2, with goals by Christopher Reichmann, Kyle Ericson and Nathan Braatan.
On Saturday, in a friendly match that did not count towards the standings, the Rapids played to a scoreless draw with FC Dallas.
Then on Monday, after almost an hour delay due to inclement weather, Colorado beat the Houston Dynamo, 1-0, with a goal from Miles Chow, assisted by Ericson.
At the end of the first qualifying event, the Rapids lead the Central Region with six points and a 2-0-0 record. Real Salt Lake will host the second stage in February 2014, where the Rapids will play Sporting KC, Chicago, and Dallas. The top three teams from the combined events will advance to the international tournament in April where they’ll compete against the top MLS Academy teams from the two other regions and invited international clubs.
At the U15 level, the Rapids were joined by youth teams from the Chicago Fire, Real Salt Lake, and FC Dallas for a U15 Invitational, played as a one-weekend event and not part of the Generation adidas Cup.
The Rapids U15s also went undefeated, first beating Real Salt Lake, 5-3, in an action packed game that included two goals from Sam Vines, and goals from Eric Morales, Marco Rios, as well a last minute score from Wilmer Cabrera.
After playing FC Dallas to a scoreless draw on Saturday, the Rapids U15s then defeated Chicago on Monday morning. Colorado took a 2-0 lead on the Fire with goals from Vines and Moises Martinez. In the last five minutes, Chicago earned a penalty kick and made the score 2-1, but Cabrera once again scored in the final seconds of play to solidify a 3-1 victory.