COMMERCE CITY CO (Sunday March 30 2008) – The Colorado Rapids Reserves battled the Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves to a 1-1 draw today at Dick’s
The Rapids Reserves had the first scoring chance in the ninth minute. Cesar Zambrano earned a free kick 20 yards from goal and Herculez Gomez took a shot but it went just over the crossbar.
In the 33rd minute Jacob Peterson took a shot after collecting a loose ball in the midfield but it rolled past the far post.
Rapids 'keeperJustin Hughes was forced to make his first save a minute later when he dove to his left to catch a shot by Sean Franklin.
The Rapids Reserves got on the board first when Herculez struck from distance. The 25-yard bomb was too hard for Galaxy Reserves 'keeper Josh Wicks to handle as the ball found its way into the net.
Just six minutes after halftime the Galaxy Reserves got their equalizer. Mike Randolph played a cross in from the left and Bryan Jordan headed the ball down and into the goal.
Both teams had chances to take the lead in the 66th minute. Jordan Harvey dove in front of a Galaxy shot to deflect it at the last second and Jacob Peterson forced a diving save from Wicks on the other end of the pitch.
Rafael Gomes had the last quality chance to score in the 80th minute. The Brazilian took one touch around his defender and fired a shot but Wicks was in perfect position to corral the shot.
The Rapids Reserves will play again next on Sunday April 20 when they take on the San Jose Earthquakes Reserves at 10 a.m. at Dick’s
LA – Jordan (Randolph) 51
Colorado Rapids Reserves – Justin Hughes (Mike Graczyk 73) Dan Gargan Kelly Gray Tim Ward Jordan Harvey Scott Campbell Brian Grazier Rafael Gomes Cesar Zambrano Herculez Gomez (Daniel Antunez 64) Jacob Peterson
Substitute not used: Cliff Wilmes
Los Angeles Galaxy Reserves – Josh Wicks Mike Randolph Troy Roberts Sean Franklin Michael Gavin Josh Tudela Israel Sesay Peter Vagenas (Ely Allen 17) Bryan Jordan Edson Buddle (Brandon McDonald 17*)
Substitutes not used: Vito Higgins Julian Valentine
LA – Gavin (Caution) 28
LA – Allen (Caution) 38
LA – Roberts (Caution) 52