Rapids Reserves Remain Perfect With 1-0 Win vs KC

BROOMFIELD CO (Sunday July 9 2006) – The Colorado Rapids Reserves won their fourth straight MLS Reserve League game 1-0 over the Kansas City Wizards Reserves to remain perfect on the 2006 season.

The game was played on the artificial surface at Broomfield County Commons Park because of a downpour in the Denver area that lasted throughout the game.

The Rapids Reserves controlled the pace of the game throughout the first half but were only able to beat goalie Wil Hesmer once.

In the 41st minute Colin Clark drove down the left side of the field and cut toward the penalty area. The Fort Collins Colorado native took a left footed shot that Hesmer dove to parry away. The rebound came to Luchi Gonzalez who patiently waited for the play to develop before drilling a shot into the net on the near-post side of the goal.

With a steady rainfall drenching both sides throughout the match Matt Jordan replaced Bouna Coundoul in net at halftime. The Senegalese goalkeeper had kept a clean sheet for all 225 minutes he has played in the Reserve Division this year.

The Rapids Reserves fell back into a defensive shell to keep Kansas City off the board following their tally. Jordan made three saves in his half in goal and got help from the post to keep his clean sheet.

Scoring Summary:
COL - Gonzalez 34

Colorado Rapids - Bouna Coundoul (Matt Jordan 46) Hunter Freeman (Dan Gargan 46) Chris Wingert Stephen Keel Jordan Harvey Luchi Gonzalez Fabrice Noel (Sasha Gotsmanov 67) Daniel Wasson Colin Clark Aaron King (Thiago Martins 60) Jacob Peterson
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Elbaum Jake Traeger

Kansas City Wizards – Wil Hesmer Matt Groenwald (Tyson Wahl 74) Ryan Raybould Brian Roberts Stephen Shirley Yura Movsisyan Sergei Raad (Lance Watson 86) Ryan McMahen Wil John Scott Sealy (Cody Berg 85) Ryan Pore (Jack Jewsbury 46)
Substitute Not Used: Erik Kronberg

Misconduct Summary:
COL – Wasson (Caution) 9
COL – Noel (Caution) 37
KC – Groenwald (Caution) 45+
COL – Gargan (Caution) 65
COL – Harvey (Ejection) 71
KC – Wahl (Caution) 80
KC – Jewsbury (Caution) 82