In their first preseason match in Tucson, the Colorado Rapids tied Sporting Kansas City 1-1. The Rapids looked a little frantic for the the first 10-ish minutes, but seemed to settle down and work together. Of course, there were moments here and there that reminded us it was preseason, but for the most part, I thought the first squad did a solid job.
In the first half, Homegrown signing Kortne Ford stood out, holding his own against SKC’s veteran striker Dom Dwyer. Zac MacMath had a solid save, stretching and hitting the ball wide with his hand. Kevin Doyle got a couple shots off, but beyond that, there wasn’t a ton of pressure on Tim Melia. Bismark “Nana” Adjei-Boateng seemed to be pretty fit. I’ll be curious to see if he has the same learning curve that many other players experience when they move from Europe to MLS, but he seems to be fitting in well. He did get a yellow card for persistent infringement in the 40th minute, though, so perhaps he will have to adjust his more aggressive style of play.
Like the other preseason matches in Los Angeles, the Colorado Rapids put out a completely different line-up in the second half.
Lineup changes for the second half:— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) February 15, 2017
Mizell; Castillo, Watts, Sjöberg, Williams; Perez, Azira, Powers; Siaj, Badji, Calvert. #Rapids96
Charlotte Independence Goalkeeper Cody Mizell is listed as a trialist for the team, going in for MacMath, but the second half squad was mostly familiar names. Unfortunately, they had some trouble getting it together. About 10 minutes in, the Rapids did not fully clear a corner, and Tyler Pasher (a new signing for the team) dribbled down the left side. He sent in a cross to Amer Didic, who got his head on the ball and floated it over Mizell.
The Rapids continued the attack, especially with Caleb Calvert. I’m honestly not sure how I feel about Calvert these days. He is a hustler, he goes for it 100%, and the kid is going to score some goals, but I feel like he can be too aggressive. Today, for example, he unnecessarily rolled Kevin Ellis, but it was because he was going all out for the ball. He’s gotten yellow cards in the past after only being in the game for a few minutes. What are your thoughts on Calvert? Do you like his intensity or could he benefit from a little more discipline?
Just as the game was winding down, the Rapids had their first Video Assisted Referee experience. It went in the Rapids favor, and the team was awarded a penalty kick for an earlier handball (the ref had to wait until there was a stoppage point to review the possible penalty). Dillon Powers easily nailed the PK, leveling the match for a final score of 1-1.
If you missed the match, you can watch it here, and check out my photos below.
The Colorado Rapids are currently 0-0-1 (WLT) in the Desert Diamond Cup tournament.
Jaime Siaj came out of the game, and it sounds like he may have a high ankle sprain.
Dillon Serna, Tim Howard, and Shkëlzen Gashi did not dress for the match. Daniel Boniface with the Denver Post reported that Gashi has been dealing with some inflammation in his Achilles, which was an issue last year as well.