The unified Colorado Rapids battled back to a 3-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday night in a thrilling home-and-away game. Taking the field after the first-team contest, the two unified teams played two 20-minute halves to decide the winner in Utah.
The Rapids’ Saturday night game was the first of a three-game season in their tenth year as a team.
Colorado struck early in the first half when Trace Ho-Tran found the back of the net after Unified partner Enzo Muncy combined a one-two pass in front of goal. His hit was just right to give the Rapids the lead.
“I took a chance and didn’t think it was going to go in, but it did, to my surprise,” Ho-Tran said after the game. “Today was a tough game, everyone played a great game, in my opinion. But you know, we’re moving on.”
Led by head coach Molly Underly, the Rapids Unified team will face the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Unified team on August 13 after the Rapids’ first game with the Columbus Crew, then travel to Los Angeles to face the Galaxy’s Unified team on August 13. September 17.
Unified Team goaltender Shelby Raines made four saves Saturday night. Raines was recently announced to the Special Olympics USA Women’s Unified Soccer Team that will compete in the 2022 Special Olympics Unified Cup, which will be held July 31-August 6 in Detroit, Michigan. Head coach Molly Underly was named coach and forward Aiden Ramirez will also represent Colorado on the United States men’s team in the competition.
“The game was amazing,” Raines said. “I did my best to save the goals. I’m excited for the rest of the season because I can spend time with the rest of my team-mates and create good memories and win even more.”
Sam Huerta tried his luck from the spot late in the second half after Ramirez was fouled inside the box, but his shot was just above the crossbar.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the win we wanted, however, I couldn’t be more proud of this group of players and how they came together as a family this weekend,” Underly said afterward. the game. “They played with dignity, they held their heads high. And they played with the most heart I’ve seen of any football team tonight.”