The Colorado Rapids Reserves defeated Valencia CF Reserves 1-0 in a friendly game played at the Valencia’s training site located in Paterna, a suburb 20 minutes outside Valencia.
A goal by Chris Wingert in the 37th minute gave the Rapids the victory over their Spanish opponents in a game that satisfied Head Coach Fernando Clavijo’s expectations.
“The match was very well played and it was very fluent,” said Clavijo. “Our players are looser than in the first weeks of preseason and they are starting to perform easier on the field. The difference in speed and mobility is obvious compared to the game two weeks ago in Mexico against Cruz Azul. Hector (Ifran) is doing a great job taking the guys in a process that will have them reach our home opener in best physical shape possible.”
The Rapids game against Valencia FC scheduled for March 21 has been moved to Tuesday, March 20 at 9:30pm (local time), 2:30pm (MT) at the Mestalla Stadium. A press conference that took place today after the friendly match in Paterna officially announced the game. Clavijo, Valencia and Spanish National Team forward Fernando Morientes and Valencia CF’s General Director Juan Galiano made the announcement in a press conference in Paterna.
Rapids Lineup vs. Valencia CF Reserves: Zach Thornton, Dan Gargan, Stephen Keel, Chris Wingert, Hunter Freeman, John DiRaimondo, Dan Wasson, Nick LaBrocca, Colin Clark, Nico Colaluca, Jacob Peterson
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