Cole Bassett’s second-half equalizer secured a 2-2 draw against LA Galaxy on Wednesday. The 19-year-old midfielder put away a centering pass from winger Jonathan Lewis, who played his first preseason match after returning from international duty with the U.S. U-23 MNT. In the first half, Michael Barrios leveled the score at 1 with a tap-in after Sam Vines found him at the far post. The Rapids will close out preseason with a scrimmage against Phoenix Rising FC on Saturday.
“I thought it was a good performance. We kept the ball really well. It was better than Salt Lake. In both halves, we created chances, and with that finishing touch, we walk away from that game with a win.” - Jonathan Lewis
Play by Play:
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Rapids' Starting XI - Clint Irwin, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Kellyn Acosta, Jack Price, Diego Rubio, Michael Barrios, Younes Namli, Andre Shinyashiki
1' - Aaaaand they’re off!
5' - Shinyashiki dances around three defenders through the box, but no one is home for his cross. Good first chance for either side to start the game.
14' - Rapids connect for a good series of combinations through the middle of the field, but they can't get the final shot off. The Galaxy break it up just outside the box.
17' - GOAL - The Rapids have a beautiful build-up, and it pays off. Vines makes an overlapping run, plays the perfect crosses to the far post and it's met with an easy tap-in for Barrios. 1-0 Rapids.
22' - Chicharito earns the ball in dangerous territory, but Namli tracks 60 yards back and steals it. He takes it all the way down the field and lays off to Barrios, who earns a corner. Price's outswinger is cleared.
25' - GOAL - The ball bounces past Abubakar, and Sebastian Lletget levels the score. Tie game, 1-1.
30' - Barrios plays a crafty pass to Acosta at the top of the box, but his left-footed curler is high.
40' - The guys are definitely showing a lot of effort on the pitch today. Acosta trucks back quickly to stop a Galaxy counterattack.
HALFTIME - Rapids 1 | Galaxy 1
Both teams with mass substitutions to kick off the next half. Rapids'second half lineup: William Yarbrough, Oliver Larraz, Danny Wilson, Drew Moor, Steven Beitashour, Collen Warner, Nicolas Mezquida, Cole Bassett, Nicolas Benezet, Darren Yapi, Jonathan Lewis.
46' - And we play.
49' - The Galaxy with a dangerous chance. LA with the volley off a cross just to the side of the penalty spot, but the shot goes wide of the frame.
50' - Yapi does well to collect a loose ball, drives the box and earns a corner. Mezquida's inswinger is cleared.
54' - GOAL - Harvey surprises Yarbrough with a near-post strike. The Galaxy take the lead, 2-1.
57' - Bassett collects outside the box, slips it in to Lewis who strikes around the six-yard box, but his shot is wide.
60' - Great combinations so far from Lewis and Bassett, who spent some time together earlier this year with the U.S. U-23's prior to the Olympic qualification tournament. This time, it's Lewis who finds Bassett, hitting him at the top of the box. Bassett's shot is blocked for a corner. Mezquida's inswinger finds Moor, but his header is over the bar.
63' - GOAL - We all knew this was coming, right? Lewis works it up the left wing, chips it behind and Bassett's volley is in the back of the net. Tied once again, 2-2.
64' - Bassett is finding his groove. Benezet takes it up the right wing and finds Bassett, whose roundhouse kick is off the bar. What a goal that would’ve been.
68' - Bassett slips it through to Lewis, who is stopped 1-v-1 against the 'keeper. He gets the rebound, and his second shot goes wide right.
85' - CARD - LA's Sacha Kljestan receives a red card for a tackle on Beitashour.
88' - The Rapids players who spent time with the U.S. squads are clearly coming to camp extremely fit. Lewis and Acosta both displayed obvious energy on the field today. This time it's Lewis running circles around Galaxy players in the box.
FINAL - Rapids 2 | Galaxy 2