Sport Recap: Colorado Rapids 2 File a Zero-2 Loss to Tacoma Defiance at DICK’S Sporting Items Park

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Colorado Rapids 2 suffered a 2-0 loss to Tacoma Defiance in Sunday night’s first-ever Rapids doubleheader at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park.

“We talked about following the lead of the first team to protect our home. This was our first chance to do that here at the stadium,” said Erik Bushey, Rapids 2 head coach. “The night game, the lights, the stadium,” the music, I mean, we had everything you could think of in terms of positive energy and excitement for the game.I think it adds to our sadness regarding the final result.I think we wanted to do well in our first experience here at the stadium but our first win at the stadium will have to wait .”

In the first 20 minutes of the game late Sunday night, the two teams battled back and forth for possession to put together a solid offensive figure. Colorado earned the night’s first set piece in the 19th minute when Sebastian Anderson scrambled over a corner linked by Michael Edwards, who headed a solid header towards Tacoma’s goal. However, a stealthy move by Tacoma goaltender Andrew Thomas prevented the home side from scoring the night’s first goal. The ensuing minutes were marked by many set pieces for the home side, but ultimately proved fruitless for the Colorado side looking for their second home win of the season.

“We were happy with the set pieces we deserved and some of the execution. Some of the service from Seb (Sebastian Anderson) was outstanding. And of course Tacoma made an excellent save in our second, third turn in the first half. You know, credit goes to them, but really, we were in the right places at the right time,” Bushey said. “Well, it’s coming. Set pieces are part of our club, so we want to follow suit.” We’re getting closer and closer, so I think the expectations can continue to rise.”

The second half got off to a slow start for both sides as the team attempted to break up the goal line for the evening. The first action came in the 58th minute when Tacoma’s Dylan Teves picked up a loose ball after an unlucky rally from the Colorado back and slammed it past Abraham Rodriguez into the net. Tacoma’s goal changed the tempo of the evening, forcing the Burgundy boys to close Seattle’s lead in the second half.

With high stakes on the line, the Colorado backline continued to apply defensive pressure, allowing just four shots that night compared to the home team’s eight shots. Rapids 2’s offensive presence continued as the team recorded four corner chances and several earned free-kicks, including strong service efforts from Sebastian Anderson and Robsinson Aguirre and dangerously close finishes from Darren Yapi. The final blow of the evening came in the 71st minute when Tacoma’s Marlon Vargas received a leading ball from Sota Kitahara, who vaulted past goalie Abraham Rodriguez and into the back of Colorado’s goal.

The highlight of the evening was a strong performance from Rapids 2 leading scorer Yaya Toure, who took home his first Man of the Match award on Sunday night. Touré’s presence on the pitch was notable as he was asked to make big plays on both sides of the ball, resulting in a well-rounded performance that night.

“Honestly, I love playing for the Colorado Rapids,” said Rapids 2 forward Yaya Toure. “I think the badge represents everything. What I remember on the pitch is obviously putting the badge in a better position and obviously leaving something behind that I can say I did my best, I gave it my all. Winning Man of the Match today is something I can take. We did it or better than us, but it’s football. As Erik (Bushey) said, the goal can be very uplifting or it can destroy the mood of any team depending on who the goal is scored against.

Rapids 2 will be back on the road next week to take on MNUFC2 for the second time this season on Sunday, May 29th. Kick-off at the National Sports Center Stadium is scheduled for 12pm MT.