The Rapids and Special Olympics Colorado welcomed FC Dallas and Special Olympics Texas to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park for a couple matches Saturday night.
Athletes from both Special Olympics teams enjoyed the Rapids-FC Dallas match from a suite before heading down to prepare for their own battle. Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens has attended all of the Special Olympics practices and was on hand Saturday night to help Morgan Butler get prepared for her goalkeeping duties.
Before the match kicked off, teams traded gifts with one another and then took to the field for some fun.
At halftime the score was tied one-to-one and the Special Olympics Texas team took the lead in the second half. Thanks to forward Mackenzie Beauvais-Nikl, who scored a late goal, the Rapids SOCO squad was able to pull a 2-2 draw. After the match, athletes from both teams were presented with medals.
The Rapids Special Olympics Colorado Unified team will head to Portland this weekend to take on the Portland Special Olympics Team at halftime of the Rapids-Timbers Reserve League match on Saturday.