Colorado Rapids vs FC Cincinnati
Saturday, February 2
8:30 AM MT
IMG Academy - Bradenton, FL
The first part of preseason camp concluded with Saturday’s preseason friendly against FC Cincinnati with the expansion side coming away with a 1-0 victory thanks to a set piece goal converted by Forrest Lasso.
While the initial part of the first 45 saw both sides looking to mesh with their new teammates, it was Colorado who had the first big opportunity of the morning. Midfielder Benny Feilhaber played an inch-perfect through ball to forward Diego Rubio who seemed to have a prime look at goal before FC Cincinnati centerback Kendall Waston pulled him down just a mere foot or two outside the penalty area in the 21stminute. Waston was ultimately shown a red card, but with it being a preseason friendly, Hassan Ndam was immediately subbed on to keep it 11v11.
Feilhaber proceeded to hit the woodwork on the ensuing free kick and while both Rubio and Andre Shinyashiki both had chances in the next 10 minutes, the ball wouldn’t find the back of the net. The backline and Tim Howard held strong as both sides finished the first half locked up at 0-0.
Cincy eventually pounced after Lasso connected on a corner kick in the 59thminute. Things continued to go back and forth until the 86thminute where left back Marcello Borges ran down the flank and played a beautiful ball into Niki Jackson whose effort narrowly missed the target.
The Rapids now head home until February 6 when they’ll head to Chula Vista, CA for the second half of preseason camp.
Colorado Rapids 0-1 FC Cincinnati
CIN: 59’ - Lasso
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