In their second preseason match of the year, the Colorado Rapids defeated USL side OC Blues FC 2-0 at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
The Rapids utilized two different lineups during the three 30-minute periods on Monday morning with 22 different players seeing action against the Blues FC.
After a scoreless first period, forward Caleb Calvert gave the Rapids the lead with his first goal of preseason. The 19-year-old received the ball outside the box with his back to the goal and after taking a quick touch and turn, he was able to find the back of the net minutes before the 11-man substitution.
The Rapids were able to put the game away after Sam Cronin found Kevin Doyle making a run into the box. The Irish international swept past his defender to head in his fourth goal of the preseason. Both teams created a flurry of chances in the final moments but neither team was able to convert.
Newly-acquired defender Mekeil Williams saw his first action with the club after joining from Guatemalan side Antigua GFC on February 4.
Next up for the Rapids is another trip to California this weekend. Mastroeni’s men will take on USL side, Sacramento Republic FC on Saturday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. MT at Bonney Field. Two days later, the Rapids will travel to Tucson to take part in the Desert Diamond Cup. The Rapids are initially slated to take on Swope Park Rangers (USL), Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City.
Colorado Rapids 2-0 OC Blues FC
February 8, 2016 – Olympic Training Center; Chula Vista, CA
COL: Caleb Calvert
COL: Kevin Doyle
Zac MacMath, Dennis Castillo*, Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, Mekeil Williams; Bradley Kamdem*, Micheal Azira; Luis Solignac, Yann Ekra*, Dillon Powers; Caleb Calvert.
Chris Froschauer*, Marlon Hairston, Stephen Keel^, Joseph Greenspan, Marc Burch; Jared Watts, Sam Cronin; Brian Ownby^, Zach Pfeffer, Dominique Badji; Kevin Doyle.
*2016 MLS SuperDraft pick
The Rapids season starts on Sunday, March 6 at 1 p.m. MT on the road against San Jose Earthquakes, with the Home Opener at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against LA Galaxy on Saturday, March 12 at 5 p.m. MT. For more information or to purchase season tickets, call 303-825-GOAL.