Yapi Scores in Rapids' Preseason Finale against Querétaro in Mexico 

January 29, 2023 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Colorado Rapids News Release

The Colorado Rapids closed out their training camp in Mexico with a 120-minute scrimmage against Liga MX side Queretaro FC on Sunday. Darren Yapi scored his third goal of the preseason to put Colorado ahead during the regulation period, before Queretaro's Jose Raul Zuñiga and Kevin Escamilla scored in "extra time" to make the final result 3-1.

After a closely contested first half with few chances for either side, Yapi finally broke the deadlock in the 62nd minute, pouncing on a loose ball inside the box to slot home the first goal of the afternoon. The Rapids would carry this lead through the opening 90 minutes of the scrimmage.

The two sides opted to play an additional 30 minutes, which gave Colorado an opportunity to field Rapids 2 and academy players, such as U-17 goalkeeper Adam Beaudry, against the Mexican first-division side.

Four minutes into "extra time," Zuñiga equalized for Queretaro from a breakaway before Kevin Escamilla put Los Gallos Blancos ahead with a low, driven effort in the 105th minute. Zuñiga would complete his brace five minutes later to seal the result.

The Rapids will briefly return to Denver tomorrow before heading to Orlando, Florida, on February 5 for the second half of their preseason training camp. Colorado opens its 2023 MLS season on February 26 against Seattle Sounders FC.

Scoring Summary:

62' - COL - Darren Yapi

94' - QRO - Jose Raul Zuñiga

105' - QRO - Kevin Escamilla

110' - QRO - Jose Raul Zuñiga

Starting XI:

4. Danny Wilson

6. Lalas Abubakar

8. Max

11. Diego Rubio

12. Michael Barrios

15. Sam Nicholson

19. Jack Price

22. William Yarbrough

23. Cole Bassett

27. Sebastian Anderson

33. Steven Beitashour

Halftime Subs:

21. Bryan Acosta

64. Moise Bombito

60th-Minute Subs:

14. Calvin Harris

28. Abraham Rodriguez

31. Anthony Markanich

34. Michael Edwards

52. Braian Galvan

77. Darren Yapi

97. Ralph Priso

Danny Garcia

Marlon Vargas

Extra-Time Subs:

18. Oliver Larraz

99. Jackson Travis

Robinson Aguirre

Adam Beaudry

Daniel Chacon

Yosuke Hanya

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