Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Gomes Scores on Debut as Rapids Win in England
New signing Rafael Gomes was among the scorers as The Colorado Rapids ran out winners against English Championship side Ipswich Town 3-2 during the club's preseason tour of England. Gomes headed in a Terry Cooke corner to open the scoring in the first half. Nick LaBrocca and Jovan Kirovski were the other goalscorers as Ipswich twice battled back to equalize. I don't know what the Ipswich line-up was like - there was no mention of the game on the club's website at all. Whatever it was, though, this is great experience for the Rapids players. How often have I heard that the MLS is at a similar level to the Championship in England? Well, here's some evidence. I'm not sure you can really compare the two because the style of soccer is so different. I do think, however, that the Rapids will probably have been a fitter bunch of players overall. One other interesting note from the game was the performance of tryout Tom McManus. Apparently, McManus, a Colorado forward, joined the team in England for a tryout and had a good game. Could he be the answer to the age-old striking problem?