The Houston Dynamo saw regulars Will Bruin and Danny Cruz return from injury and newcomer Luiz Camargo make his first game appearance in an MLS Reserve League match on Thursday morning, but the Dynamo fell to a 3-0 defeat to the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The loss drops the Dynamo to 4-3, but they remain in second place in the Central/Mountain Division of the MLS Reserve League.
The Dynamo Reserves are next in action on Saturday, Sept. 10, taking on Sporting Kansas City shortly after the league match between the two teams.
Bruin and Cruz both came on as substitutes in the second half, with Bruin playing 36 minutes and heading a shot wide from a corner kick and Cruz playing the last 23 minutes. Camargo, the 24-year-old Brazilian who arrived in Houston last week, played 82 minutes as a central midfielder.
Colorado was led by the decisive finishing of forwards Quincy Amarikwa, who scored in just the fourth minute, and Andre Akpan, who netted goals either side of halftime. After beginning the reserve season winless in five games, Colorado has now beaten the top two teams in the Central/Mountain Division - Chicago and Houston - in its last two games.
Houston goalkeeper Tyler Deric had a busy first half with six saves, including a stop on a breakaway and a full-extension stop to the far post. Thursday's game also saw appearances from Dynamo Academy defenders Christian Gonzalez (Spring Woods) and Bradley Bourgeois (Cy-Fair), who came on as second-half substitutes.
Houston Dynamo (4-3-0) vs. Colorado Rapids (2-4-1)
September 01, 2011 -- Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
MLS Reserve League -- Central/Mountain Division
COL -- Quincy Amarikwa 2 (Sterling Copeland 1) 4
COL -- Andre Akpan 1 (Quincy Amarikwa 1) 35
COL -- Andre Akpan 2 (Quincy Amarikwa 2) 60
Houston Dynamo -- Tyler Deric, Kofi Sarkodie, Eddie Robinson (Colin Clark 49), Bobby Boswell, Josue Soto (Christian Gonzalez 63), Francisco Navas Cobo (Danny Cruz 67), Luiz Camargo (Bradley Bourgeois 82), Alex Dixon, Calen Carr (Will Bruin 54), Cam Weaver, Jason Garey.
Substitutes Not Used: Tally Hall.
Colorado Rapids -- Ian Joyce, Eddie Ababio, Michael Holody, Scott
Palguta, Danny Earls, Sterling Copeland (Josh Janniere 65), Ross
LaBauex, Joseph Nane (Ricardo Perez 87), Davy Armstrong (Dillon Serna 81), Andre Akpan (Steven Emory 77), Quincy Amarikwa.
Substitutes Not Used: Chris Sharpe.
COL -- Andre Akpan (caution; Reckless Foul) 39
All statistics contained in this boxscore are unofficial