Match Day

Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix

Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix -

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Colorado Rapids are facing their first opponents of preseason on Tuesday, when they take on Portland Timbers and Phoenix Rising FC in two 45-minute halves at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Arizona.

The injury report for the matches are as follows:

  • Cole Bassett - International Duty
  • Braian Galvan - Out
  • Clint Irwin - Out
  • Jonathan Lewis - International Duty
  • Diego Rubio - Out
  • Auston Trusty - International Duty
  • Sam Vines - International Duty
  • William Yarbrough - Out

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Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix -
Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix -

Here's the group who will face Portland in the first scrimmage: Abraham Rodriquez, Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Abubakar, Danny Wilson, Steven Beitashour, Jack Price, Kellyn Acosta, Younes Namli, Nicolas Benezet, Andre Shinyashiki, Michael Barrios.

1' - Aaaaand they’re off!

3' - Barrios with several dangerous crosses in the early going, but Portland is dealing with it - so far.

7' - Rapids moving the ball around nicely, controlling most of the play. 

9' - Nice combination play with Shinyashiki and Acosta yields a corner. Price takes it, in swinger out for another corner. The second is unsuccessful.

12' - Only minutes into the match, and the Rapids are preparing for their fourth corner. On this one, Namli springs the break, and Barrios' shot earns the attempt.

18' - GOAL - Wilson's long ball up the field finds Barrios, who beats his guy and hits it far post. 1-0 Rapids.

20' - Rodriquez earns his first stop of the game with a huge point-blank save.

26' - Portland is surging, putting together a solid string of possession and striking the cross bar.

34' - Rosenberry suffers a giveaway, but he battles back, recovers and earns a goal kick for his efforts.

35' - CARD - Benezet beats two guys up the left, and a hard challenge by the second draws a yellow card for Portland.

38' - Great build up from Acosta to Barrios and back to Acosta, who nearly sinks his attempt. His shot aimed at the five hole is met with a really good save.

39' - CARD - Namli with a little shimmy and darts up field. There's a late challenge, and Namli takes exception. A confrontation at midfield ensues, and Portland gets another yellow.

42' - GOAL - What a counter from the Rapids. Wilson plays Namli, who finds Benezet, who hits Shinyashik in behind, and it's Acosta who slots it home. 2-0 Rapids. “A Free flowing move from Danny Wilson to Younes," as according to Pádraig Smith, Rapids Executive VP & GM.

Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix -

44' - Benezet showing off his skills, nutmegs his man on the Timbers.

45' + 2' - The whistle is blown.

FINAL: Rapids 2 - Portland 0.

The group facing Phoenix in the second scrimmage: Andre Rawls, Jeremy Kelly, Kortne Ford, Drew Moor, Sebastian Anderson, Collen Warner, Oliver Larraz, Nicolas Mezquida, Matt Hundley, Darren Yapi, Yaya Toure

1' - Scrimmage two is underway.

5' - CARD - Yellow card for Phoenix.

7' - Mezquida cross whizzes through the six yard box. He’s had a positive start.

9' - Toure nails a shot off the cross bar.

12' - GOAL - Larraz is pressing hard. He steals it in the box and slots it home - and gets high praise from head coach Robin Fraser on the bench. 1-0 Rapids.

Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix -

21' - Nice combination play. Warner to Kelly, Toure turns, finds Anderson, who cuts inside, leaves it for Warner, whose attempt is saved.

22' - GOAL - Anderson with space to run, he gets it up Yapi, who hits it to Hundley. Hundley fires a shot from the top of the box off the bar, which goes straight down and in. Beautiful shot and build up. 2-0 Rapids.

23' - Toure with a deft touch. He’s shown skill on the ball today.

26' - Larraz has been everywhere. He plays a sweet ball up to Hundley on the wing, back to Larraz for a hit, and it’s blocked.

Relive the Rapids Scrimmage Victories Against Portland and Phoenix -

28' - SUBSTITUTIONS - Michael Edwards replaces Ford, Dillion Serna for Anderson and Philip Mayaka for Larraz.

31' - Mayaka steals it in midfield and plays it up to Yapi, dribbles in, feeds Mezquida who turns and fires on the six, but a very impressive save is made by Phoenix.

32' - SUBSTITUTION - Hundley is replaced by Larraz who stepped off for a brief moment.

37' - Nice build up play. Serna hits Mezquida who finds Yapi in behind, but no one is there to finish the cross.

39' - Mayaka is navigating the midfield with ease. He does not let his man turn him in the box.

42' - Rawls dives to the left to make a solid save.

44' - SUBSTITUTION - Anderson replaces Serna.

45' + 4' - The whistle is blown for the end of the scrimmage.

FINAL: Rapids 2 - Phoenix 0.