There was further late heartache for the Colorado Rapids’ U18s, as they ended their stunning season on Sunday with a 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC in the third-place match at the Academy Championships in Carson, California.
Forty-eight hours on from losing the semifinal contest on penalties to eventual champions Texans SC Houston, the Rapids were undone by an 84th minute Sounders strike to finish fourth overall in the nation.
Enoch Mushagalusa had earlier given the Rapids the lead after 26 minutes, having received a pass from Samuel Vines and held off his marker. That advantage was cancelled out 11 minutes later when the Rapids failed to clear a freekick, and Milo Barton leveled. The teams remained locked at 1-1 until Sounders skipper Paul Rothrock snatched a second for Seattle with six minutes remaining.
Head coach, Chris Martinez, made four changes to the side which had lost in such an agonizing manner on Friday night. Bailey Heller, who had served a two-game suspension, returned in place of Desmond Cole. Liam Johnson was switched out for Damen Marcu, Sean Roberts got the nod in goal in place of Kainoa Likewise, while Moises Martinez stepped in for his twin brother Aaron.
Colorado Rapids 1-2 Seattle Sounders FC
U.S. Soccer National Training Center, Carson, California
Sunday, July 16, 2017
COL: Enoch Mushagalusa (Samuel Vines) 26’
SEA: Milo Barton 37’
SEA: Paul Rothrock 84’
SEA: Marvin Kasim III (caution) 45’
COL: Enoch Mushagalusa (caution) 45’
COL: Rhys De Sota (caution) 54’
SEA: Milo Barton (caution) 57’
COL: Gregory Tracey (caution) 70’
SEA: Ethan Lotenero (caution) 90’
Rapids: Sean Roberts; David Garcia, Evan Austin, Bailey Heller, Samuel Vines; Milo Garvanian, Moises Martinez (Carlos Vasquez 77’), Enoch Mushagalusa (Tennyson Stevens 69’), Gregory Tracey; Damen Marcu (Aaron Martinez 65’), Rhys De Sota. Subs not used: Kainoa Likewise, Liam Johnson, Desmond Cole, Mason Shortt.
Sounders: Marvin Kasim III; Joseph Hafferty, Samual Rogers, Shandon Hopeau (Elias Katsaros 60’), Jackson Ragen, Stirling Russell, Paul Rothrock, Neil Boyal, Jamie Dimitroff (Ethan Lotenero 46’), Nigel El-Sokkary (Gabriel Threadgold 75’), Milo Barton (Kei Tomozawa 60’). Subs not used: Trey Muse, Gus Diehl, Keeton Heggerness.