FCD Reserves 1, COL Resreves 0
Scott Brown

FC Dallas Reserves defeat Colorado Rapids Reserves 1-0

FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas Reserves defeated the Colorado Rapids Reserves 1-0 today on the adidas Field at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Just as in Friday’s first team match, FC Dallas struck in the first minute of the second half. Following the kick off, Maykel Galindo found the ball at his feet while streaking through the Colorado back line. In a foot race with a defender on his left side, Galindo volleyed a shot with his right foot that beat Colorado goalkeeper Steward Ceus high over his left shoulder for a 1-0 lead.

FC Dallas had multiple chances early in the match before Galindo got the home side on the board. With FC Dallas holding possession in its offensive third of the field near the 20th minute, Galindo combined with Andrew Wiedeman to earn a chance at the near post, but Rapids defender Danny Earls knocked down the cross attempt and ushered it away from danger.

A few moments later, Wiedeman again broke through near the top right corner of the box, but was also denied as Ceus made a diving save to his left at the near post to keep the score tied 0-0.

Following a hard tackle on Bryan Leyva on the left flank, Ricardo Villar stepped to the free kick attempt from 20-yards out and struck a line-drive shot at Ceus. For the second time in a matter of minutes, the 6’6” goalkeeper from West Haverstraw, New York, was equal to the task. He punched Villar’s shot out for one of several corner kick chances FC Dallas had in the first half.

Following Ceus’ second quality save, the pressure from FC Dallas subsided and Colorado built a pair of attacks that began with strong play up front from Quincy Amarikwa. The speedy forward applied high pressure and forced a pair of turnovers that resulted in Colorado’s best chance of the first half. Winning his second challenge, Amarikwa picked out Steven Emory at the back post. Emory was in alone against FC Dallas goalkeeper Chris Seitz, but was forced to take a shot from a tough angle. Intended for the lower corner of the far post, Emory’s shot was smothered by a diving save from Seitz.

Once more before the half, Amarikwa caused FC Dallas trouble by getting free down the right flank. With plenty of time, he struck a long cross to the back post for Emory, but the service was cut off by Jackson, who recovered in time to nod the pass out for a throw in on the far touch line.

Some nice moves from Leyva earned FC Dallas a free kick opportunity at the top of the box in the 64th minute. On the free kick attempt, Villar again put a solid shot on goal, bending a shot to the near post that required a full-extension save from Ceus to keep the score 1-0.

In the 70th minute, Wiedeman found some space on the right flank with enough time to send a cross into the back post. Intended for Galindo at the back post, the cross was intercepted by Colorado right back Mike Holody, who recovered to head the pass attempt away from danger.

Going the other direction, Emory rose above a pack of defenders to win a cross at the back post. But moving post-to-post, FC Dallas goalkeeper Josh Lambo made the save of the day when he laid out to deny Emory of a sure goal.

The Rapids pushed players forward in search of an equalizer in the final minutes of the match, earning a pair of corner kicks that were ushered away by the FC Dallas defenders. Colorado’s best chance came in the 84th minute when Earls came forward to send a pretty cross into the area for Andre Akpan. Near the top of the six-yard box, Akpan battled with FC Dallas center back Bobby Warshaw. Fortunately for FC Dallas, the challenge from Warshaw was enough to cause Akpan to send his header attempt over the crossbar, preserving the 1-0 victory.

FC Dallas Reserves (2-0-0) next match is against Real Salt Lake Reserves (0-1-0) on Sunday, May 22 on the Pizza Hut Park Stadium Field. Also scheduled to face Real Salt Lake Reserves, Colorado’s (0-1-0) next reserve match is set for Thursday, April 14 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Scoring Summary:
DAL – Maykel Galindo 46

FC Dallas – Chris Seitz (Josh Lambo 46), Jackson, Bobby Warshaw, Victor Ulloa, Moises Hernandez, Bryan Leyva, Bruno Guarda, Eric Alexander (Peri Marosevic 71), Andrew Wiedeman, Ricardo Villar, Maykel Galindo (Jonathan Top 88).

Substitutes Not Used: Josh Lambo, Richard Sanchez, Jack Coleman, Mike Ambrose.

Colorado Rapids – Steward Ceus, Danny Earls, Scott Palguta, Tyrone Marshall (Josh Janniere 60), Mike Holody, Steven Emory, Wells Thompson (Dillion Serna 76), Ross LaBauex, Davy Armstrong, Quincy Amarikwa (Sanna Nyassi 76), Andre Akpan

Substitutes Not Used: James Rogers, Ian Joyce.

Misconduct Summary:

COL – Tyrone Marshall (caution; reckless tackle) 51
DAL – Bruno Guarda (caution; persistent infringement) 57
DAL – Jackson (caution; delay of game) 72

Referee: Fernando Galvan

Referee’s Assistants: Jonathan Johnson, David Amastae

4th Official: Jorge Luna

Weather: Windy, 77 degrees