A gorgeous day in Tucson greeted Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution as the two clubs battled in their second match of the Desert Diamond Cup. As with most preseason matches, the actual result of the match is less important then getting players a proper run out, and the 1-1 draw was a fair result.
The first half was largely a boring affair for both clubs as neither really generated much in the way off offense. The Revolution did have the best chance in the first half off a header from the Revolution that required a beautiful save from Clint Irwin. Overall though, the half was dominated by two teams who were looking for their footing.
The Starting XI (4-2-3-1):
GK: Clint Irwin
DEF: Marlon Hairston Jared Watts, Axel Sjoberg, Michael Harrington
MID: Lucas Pittinari, Marcelo Sarvas, Vicente Sánchez, Gabriel Torres, Juan Ramirez
F: Dominique Badji
In the second 45 the Rapids made the following substitutions: Dillon Serna and Carlos Alvarez for Sanchez and Ramirez in the 56th minute. James Riley also made his debut as a trialist for the Rapids in the 65th minute replacing Hairston. Sam Cronin, Dillon Powers, Nick LaBrocca, Marc Burch, Deshorn Brown, and Bobby Burling also saw time in the match all coming in at the 71 minute mark.
The second half however was far more excited as a rejuvenated Torres picked up a goal in the 48th minute. Ultimately goals in preseason do not mean a whole heck of a lot, but for a player like Torres it is massive. He had a very poor 2014 but has started this preseason on fire. It is his second goal in two games and he looks like the player that the Rapids were hoping to get when they signed him as their first Designated Player in 2013.
The 1-0 lead would not last long as Diego Fagundez for the Revs scored a pretty nice goal in the 54th minute.
And it would not be a preseason match without a LaBrocca yellow card and a Brown miss of epic proportions.
The Rapids next match is on Wednesday against FC Tucson at 5:30 PM MT.