Robin Fraser had to make some adjustments to the lineup since Sam Vines and Lalas Abubakar were both out with injuries. Auston Trusty got the start at centerback and Kellyn Acosta filled in at left back.
After the game, fellow defender Keegan Rosenberry had nothing but praise for the young centerback, saying “I thought Auston was great. We had some injuries the last preseason game. That’s the nature of this team; we have a lot of depth in a lot of different positions. Guys are going to step up and that’s what you need from a team that wants to compete for the playoffs or a championship. Auston was great tonight. The qualities you saw from him tonight are what he possesses: he’s athletic, he’s strong, he’s good in the air and he connected his passes tonight. Did well. Obviously any time you get a shutout on the road you really don’t need to say anything else about a defender on the night. It was very good from him.”
Newcomer Michael Barrios also started against his former club and head coach Robin Fraser felt he had a good showing in his debut for the Rapids. “I thought Mikey was really good. He’s as honest as they come in that, given the way they played, he had to do a lot of defending and defending in deep. His transition to attack was so fast that he was still able to get in some really dangerous attacking spots tonight. I just think his awareness, his professionalism, his decision making, it’s all very, very good. I think he’s going to be really good for us.”
Barrios had almost half (5) of the teams total shots on goal (11), with 3 on target for the night. William Yarbrough finished with 4 saves and Jack Price had a clearance off the line in the 6th minute. Unfortunately, FC Dallas goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer and the rest of the Dallas defense was also on point and the Rapids weren’t able to find the back of the net on the other end and the game ended 0-0.
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