Rapids 2 (1-3-1, 5 pts) will fly to California this weekend to battle Earthquakes II (2-3-1, 7 pts) this Sunday, May 15 in the team’s fourth road match. 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season. The PayPal Park kickoff is set for 8:30 pm MT and the game will be broadcast on www.mlsnextpro.com.
“I think from the heels of a very difficult game in Houston, we were anxious to articulate the lessons we had learned,” said Rapids 2 head coach Erik Bushey. “I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from the Houston game, which is a very difficult game. It’s a different team that we’re going to put on the field, so in that we’ve gained a lot of valuable experience and I think we’re better off for it on the weekend.So, the opportunity to put that on the field and apply the lessons is self -motivation.Getting another win in the win column is another motivation.Playing against in another quality versus in a quality area the same. So, a lot of motivation for us to look forward to. ”
Rapids 2 took the field last week in a slightly different form than usual with first -team loans Darren Yapi, Anthony Markanich and Sebastian Anderson all on the road with first -team Rapids in San Jose. With some key players out on Sunday at the start of 11, Rapids 2 defender Steve Flores, midfielder Andres Torres and forward Vlad Walent have been asked to contend with a tough fight. attack Dynamo 2. The game, which saw the team record a 2-0 loss, was some of the best technical work the team has done throughout the season. Colorado was able to maintain nearly 50% possession while putting in a brave attacking effort in the third with nine shots, two of which were on goal.
“Yeah, we’re still dealing with change and player turnover and moving in and out. For me, that’s a pretty positive from last week. We have young players coming in and that should be. get a few stripes if you want and for the most part pass the test.That’s the same this weekend.No surprise, we are a young team but the expectations are higher than last week because they have very precious minutes under their belt, ”Bushey said.
A new addition to the Rapids 2 roster, defender Blake Malone logged his first minutes with the Colorado team in the showdown against Dynamo 2. The 21-year-old centerback recorded 13 minutes and is expected to will add a few minutes to his stat line in this week’s game against Earthquakes II.
“I know how high an organization the Rapids are and how professional they are. I know that for my development personally, it was the right step for me,” said Rapids 2 defender Blake Malone. ” In the short time I’ve been here, I already know that it will make me amazing and hopefully I can add to this group and be better organized overall and do what I can as my part. I know that this short week they have done so much for me, so I can say it has been a professional environment. So, I’m glad to be here. ”
The home side of Earthquakes II will host Rapids 2 this Sunday after a 3-0 win over Timbers2, where San Jose goalkeeper Emmanuel Ochoa recorded his second shutout of the season against Portland. Meanwhile, San Jose leads Colorado by two points in the league standings with six games under their belt while the Rapids have only played five games this season. Sunday’s game will see both sides head to head for the first time as the team searches to build winning records heading into the remainder of the 2022 MLS NEXT Pro season.
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