Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Rapids enter the final preseason preparation tonight against Phoenix Rising FC of the USL Championship before the MLS regular season begins. The Rapids will travel back to Denver this week to prep for their first game of the season against FC Dallas on Saturday, April 17. 


Below is the injury report for tonight's matchup:


  • Kellyn Acosta - Out 
  • Braian Galván - Out
  • Jonathan Lewis - Out 
Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

Rapids' Starting XI - Lalas Abubakar, Michael Barrios, Cole Bassett, Younes Namli, Jack Price, Keegan Rosenberry, Diego Rubio, Andre Shinyashiki, Auston Trusty, Sam Vines, William Yarbrough


1' - Aaaaand they’re off!

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Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

2' - Current loanee Andre Rawls is in goal for Phoenix tonight. Former Rapids defender Deklan Wynne also starts tonight for the USL side.


10' - Phoenix gets a shot off from the right side of the box that skims wide.


12' - Yarbrough makes a comfortable save on a shot from distance.


18' - Rubio picks up the ball deep and fires a shot but it is saved.


19' - Great to see Rubio back in the lineup, gaining match fitness, less than a week from the Season Opener.


20' - GOAL - The Rapids set up a quick restart from a free kick, and it pays off. Namli plays a quick free to Barrios in behind and he takes a right-footed shot that goes in the back of the net. 1-0 Rapids.

Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

24' - CARD - Phoenix is shown a yellow card.


28' - SUB - Steven Beitashour replaces Sam Vines.


31' - Price’s curler finds the top netting. Goal kick Phoenix.


41' - Jack Price's corner kick inswinger is headed in by Bassett but Phoenix makes a clearance.


42' - Rubio volleys the ball from the bounce and is inches from the crossbar. Diego has another go but it’s right at the keeper. Score is still 1-0 Rapids.


43' - SUB - Danny Wilson replaces Lalas Abubakar.


HALFTIME - Rapids 1 | Phoenix 0

Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

46' - The second half is underway.


52' - CARD - Rubio earns a free kick 23 yards out. Yellow to Phoenix.


53' -  Rubio takes the free kick and it goes into Phoenix's wall.


54' -  Shinyashiki plays a dangerous ball across the box but no one connects and it goes out.


55' - SUB - Rapids loanee Jeremy Kelly subs in for Phoenix.


56' -  Barrios earns a free kick 30 yards out. Jack Price's delivery is out for a corner.


57' -  Jack Price's inswinger from the corner is dangerous, bounces around but eventually cleared.

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Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

59' -  Namli hits a curler from distance but Andre Rawls makes a great save, and the Rapids earn a corner kick.


60' -  Price's corner is cleared.


61' -  Bassett swings a beautiful ball to Rubio but his effort is high.


66' -  Bassett finds Barrios in the box but his effort is saved.

Play by Play: Rapids Finish Preseason Strong With 1-0 Win Over Phoenix -

73' - CARD - Phoenix's Deklan Wynne receives a yellow card for a tackle on Bassett.


74' -  Rubio flicks it to himself and he’s away. His cross through the area finds Shinyashiki who lays it off for Namli. His first time hit deflects inches wide of the near post and it is a corner.


75' - SUB - Oliver Larraz, Nico Benezet and Nicolás Mezquida come in for Barrios, Namli and Rubio.


76' -  Price's corner kick is cleared, Larraz collects it, finds Price but it gets cleared away.


82' - SUB - Drew Moor and Darren Yapi come in for Bassett and Shinyashiki.


87' - CARD - Yapi receives a yellow card for a challenge on the press.


88' -  Phoenix earns a corner kick but it is cleared away.


90'+1 -  Mezquida plays a great ball for Benezet who finds Yapi and it’s out for a corner. Price to take another inswinger and it's cleared. Benezet's first-time hit is saved.


FINAL - Rapids 1 | Phoenix 0