040917 GA Cup match 2

GA Cup Match Report: Rapids pick up a point against Atlanta, but not the bonus

Game two for the Rapids’ Development Academy, at the Generation adidas Cup Champions Division in Frisco, Texas, ended 0-0 with Atlanta United on Sunday afternoon. Atlanta took the bonus point with a 5-4 win in the penalty shootout.

It means the Rapids’ DA sit on one point from two games, having succumbed 2-1 to Spanish side Malaga CF on Friday.

"I'm really proud of the boys," said Rapids U16 coach, Chris Cartlidge. "They played really well in tough conditions, against a good side, but just came up short in the shootout."

Windy conditions made decent soccer difficult for both sides, with chances few and far between.

"We had some good chances in the second half, with one - very near to the end - just short of the goal-line, but to be honest, both teams found it tricky with the weather today."

Cartlidge made two changes to the starting 11, from that which faced Malaga last time out. Paul Elliot came in at right-back for Marco Rios, while Armando Zarate-Munoz replaced Jayson Baca.

Starting XI: Trevor Mowry, Paul Elliot, Jose Bencomo, Eban Noverr, Ethan Bowen; Logan Hitzeman, Milo Garvanian; Armando Zarate-Munoz, Oliver Larraz, Sam Owusu; Stefan Deleone.

The Generation adidas Cup Champions Division consists of 16 teams, of which eight are from MLS academies. Other teams taking part include Real Madrid, Flamengo (Brazil), Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) and Estudiantes (Argentina).

The Rapids complete their Group C matches on Tuesday when they meet River Plate of Argentina. This game will be streamed live on ColoradoRapids.com from 3.45 p.m. MT.


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