Match Day

Recap: Michael Barrios and Oliver Larraz Lead the Way as Rapids Win First Preseason Scrimmages

Quick Read

The Colorado Rapids got their first preseason look at an MLS opponent on Tuesday, taking on the Portland Timbers in the first of two 45-minute split squad preseason scrimmages. Dynamic winger Michael Barrios bagged a goal and added an assist on Kellyn Acosta’s goal in a 2-0 win. Next was USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC. Homegrown midfielder Oliver Larraz scored, as did Homegrown forward Matt Hundley for another 2-0 win.


“We talked specifically about some things we wanted to work at, some things we’ve been working on over the last couple of days, and we really saw quite a bit of it. We were really pleased with it. It’s good to get together. It’s the first time they’ve played together in a long time, first time Michael Barrios has played with us, so it was good to see us get into a rhythm and have a pretty good performance.” - Head coach Robin Fraser

"It is just a scrimmage, but that’s the way you want to start things off. I’m happy to just add that to the beginning of preseason, it’s a nice little bonus, but I’m more happy to get the win with the team. I think that was important to bring our spirits up going in these next few games." - Oliver Larraz

Play by Play

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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.

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.

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.

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.