Rapids Fall 2-1 to Everton FC in International Exhibition

COMMERCE CITY CO. (Sunday August 3 2008) – Despite outshooting their opponent for the second week in a row the Colorado Rapids lost at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park Sunday night 2-1 to Everton FC of the English Premier League in the team’s second international friendly of the year.
The Rapids had plenty of opportunities to score but were denied each time with solid saves by American goalkeeper Tim Howard. None of the stops were better than a 60th minute tip over the crossbar off a 30-yard blast from Herculez Gomez. Howard finished the match with five saves.
On the night the Rapids outshot Everton 19 to four.
Everton scored the game winning goal three minutes from full time as Jose Baxter fed Leon Osman. Baxter dribbled down the endline and cut a cross back to Osman who’s shot went off Facundo Erpen and into the back of the net.
Colorado had put themselves right back into the match after trailing 1-0 at the break when Conor Casey who has scored the last three goals for the Rapids tied the game four minutes into the second half. Terry Cooke played an early cross that Joseph Yobo misjudged allowing Casey to get behind the defense and put the only shot behind Howard with his left foot.
The Toffees grabbed an early lead in the seventh minute when Mikel Arteta scored off a brilliant individual effort. Taking the ball from just outside of 30 yards Arteta worked his way to just inside the box before firing a shot past a diving Preston Burpo.
With the loss the Rapids moved their record in international exhibition play to 0-1-1 at home this season.
Colorado returns to MLS action next Saturday August 9 as they host Toronto FC at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 2pm MT. This will be the third match in a four-game home stand for the Rapids and Toronto’s only trip to Colorado this season.
Scoring Summary:
EVE – Arteta (unassisted) 7
COL – Casey (Cooke) 49
EVE – Osman (Baxter) 87
Everton FC:
Tim Howard Philip Neville Leighton Baines (Joseph Yobo 45) Joleon Lescott Phil Jagielka Mikel Arteta (Jose Baxter 78) Steven Pienaar Dan Gosling (Lukas Jutkiewicz 64) Jack Rodwell (Nuno Valente 45) Ayegbeni Yakubu Leon Osman
Substitutes Not Used: Iain Turner James Vaughan
Colorado Rapids: Preston Burpo (Bouna Coundoul 45) Facundo Erpen Ugo Ihemelu Jose Luis Burciaga Jr. Pablo Mastroeni (Greg Dalby 88) Christian Gomez Mehdi Ballouchy (Nick LaBrocca 45) Terry Cooke Colin Clark Conor Casey Omar Cummings (Herculez Gomez 45)
Substitutes Not Used: Nico Colaluca John DiRaimondo Brian Grazier Stephen Keel Kosuke Kimura Jacob Peterson Mike Petke Tim Ward Cesar Zambrano
Misconduct Summary:
EVE – Rockwell (Caution) 45+
EVE – Yakubu (Caution) 79
Referee: Jeremy Dehar
Referees Assts.: Jose Corro; Scott McCaslin
Fourth Official: Eric Bryan
Attendance: 10278