Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Colorado newcomer hits net in England
by Ridge Mahoney, March 5th, 2008 10:12PM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ
TAGS:  mls

MOST COMMENTED

[MLS] Midfielder Rafael Gomes, whose signing was announced just two days ago, didn't need much time to stamp his influence on the Colorado attack; he scored midway through the first half Wednesday as Colorado beat Ipswich Town, 3-2, at the Arsenal Training Centre in Hertfordshire, England.

Gomes has already received his P-1 visa and a mention in Wednesday's edition that he didn't make the trip to England is obviously incorrect.

Nick LaBrocca and Jovan Kirovski added goals as the Rapids ran their preseason record to 3-0-3. Their stay in England concludes Thursday with a match against the Arsenal reserves.

Ipswich currently plays in the League Championship, one division below the Premier League. Its first team tied Sheffield United, 1-1, in a league match Tuesday night, and Colorado played a squad of mostly reserve and youth players.

Coach Fernando Clavijo sent out a starting lineup that included both Christian Gomez and Gomes - sure to be a source of confusion for announcers and journalists and fans - as well as projected starting defenders Facundo Erpen and Jose Burciaga Jr., and regular goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul. Clavijo changed eight field players at halftime and switched two more in the second half, leaving only Coundoul to play the entire 90 minutes.

LaBrocca blasted home a shot from outside the penalty area two minutes after Ipswich had equalized in the 57th minute. Ipswich tied the match again on a penalty kick midway through the second half; Kirovski ran onto a long ball from left back Tim Ward to net the winner in the 74th minute.

"The team is getting back to game fitness and understanding with new players arriving," said Clavijo in an e-mail. "Rafael Gomes from Brazil is looking very, very good and Christian Gomez looks like the 2006 MVP of the MLS. Great goal by Gomes in first starting game for the Rapids."

Forward Tom McManus, who joined the team in England on trial, played the second half, as did rookie midfielder Ciaran O'Brien, picked by Clavijo with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 SuperDraft.



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Sebastian Saucedo strikes twice as U.S. U-20s advance     
The USA moved into the second stage of the men's Concacaf U-20 Championship with a 4-1 ...
Roster: U.S. U-23 women head to Spain    
The U.S. U-23 women's national team will play Japan (March 2), England (March 4) and Norway ...
USWNT: No Klingenberg, no A-Rod for SheBelieves Cup    
U.S. women's national team head coach Jill Ellis has named the 23-player roster for the 2017 ...
Report: UCL headed to Turner and Univision in 2018    
Turner Sports and Univision have snatched the U.S. media rights to the UEFA Champions League away ...
U.S. Soccer: U-17 and U-20 women's coaches to be replaced    
B.J. Snow is no longer U.S. U-17 girls national team coach and Michelle French is out ...
U.S. Abroad: Johnson's M'Gladbach pulls miracle comeback    
Fabian Johnson came off the bench for Borussia Moenchengladbach as it came back from 2-0 down ...
Sneak Peek: Potent Impact seeks resiliency and depth    
Last year Montreal stunned Red Bulls, 3-1, on aggregate and took a commanding lead against Toronto ...
What They're Saying: Perry Dealy    
"It's worth preserving because we don't have a lot of icons. It would save a lot ...
Sneak Peek: Vieira is convinced NYCFC will be improved    
In his first season, Patrick Vieira proved that a foreign coach unfamiliar with MLS could find ...
Sneak Peek: Timbers look as good as ever    
From MLS champion in 2015 to out of the playoffs in 2016, it was quite a ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives