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Colorado Rapids MatchDay--Rapids 4:1 Dynamo--The FIFA Simulation

The Rapids picked up their first win in the Desert Diamond Cup in a comprehensive victory on FIFA16 this morning.

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The Colorado Rapids and Houston Dynamo tangled today in a Desert Diamond Cup match played via FIFA16 simulation.  It was a cagey affair for the bulk of the first half where the Dynamo where the dominant team in both shots and possession but found themselves down a goal after a first half brace by Dillon Powers.  Houston started brightly in the second half, but the quality of the Rapids midfield was the difference on the day and it ended 4-1 to the Burgundy Boys.

Starting XI  (4-2-3-1): Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Axel Sjoberg, Sean St. Ledger, Eric Miller, Sam Cronin, Dillon Powers, Shkelzen Gashi, Marco Pappa, Dillon Serna, Kevin Doyle

Here are the highlights:

7th Min: Houston had the first real shot of the day, but it sailed high over the box and did not trouble Zac MacMath

10th Min: MacMath forced into a huge save that gave the Dynamo a corner but ultimately fell to nothing.

19th Min: First Rapids shot on goal was from Kevin Doyle, but feel weekly to the Dynamo keeper

23rd Min: Houston gets on the board with a gorgeous shot by Erick Torres.  1-0 Houston

32nd Min: GOAL RAPIDS!  Dillon Powers picks up his first on the day with a shot in the bottom left corner.  1-1 now.

37th Min: Serna had a sweet shot that Joe Willis was able to parry away

45th Min: Marco Pappa is taken down in the box for a penalty kick.  Powers steps up to take it...

45th Min: PENALTY SAVE!   Shot is SAVED by Willis but Powers got his own rebound and heads it in for a GOAL to make it 2-1 Rapids going into the half

49th Min: BOOKING!   Yellow card to Sam Cronin after a hard foul

51st Min: Cubo just misses to the outside on a header

55th Min: Cronin avoids a second yellow and is subbed off for Micheal Azira.

62nd Min: GOAL!  Set piece header by Marc Burch from a Powers corner kick.  Now 3-1 to the Rapids and the rout is on

69th Min: GOAL!  Shkelzen Gashi gets his first in Burgundy, but truthfully it was a poor effort by the Dynamo keeper.

71st Min: BOOKING!  Sean St. Ledger is shown a caution on a questionable decision by the referee.

72nd Min: Zach Pfeffer is brought on for Powers.  Powers leaves with a brace and an assist.

80th Min: Dillon Serna makes way for Jared Watts

90th Min: Azira is shown the yellow card for a late foul.

Man of the Match: Powers

Final Stats

Colorado Houston
Score 4 1
Shots 14 8
Shots on Goal 10 2
Possession 47% 53%
Fouls 7 4
Bookings 3 0