Colorado Rapids Under-23s seemed destined to drop points in their final regular season Premier Development League match against divisional rivals F.C. Tucson Wednesday night. The Rapids PDL side let in an early goal in the ninth minute to Tucson’s Adeola Oke and Dalton Pando appeared to seal the victory for the Arizona-based club when he extended Tucson’s lead early into second half stoppage time.
The Rapids – who lead the PDL’s Western Conference in goals scored with forty-two across the season – responded by delivering two clean finishes over the next four minutes. Matthew Hundley and Ken Akamatsu’s stoppage time heroics spoiled Briley Guarnari’s shutout and secured the Mountain Division title for the Rapids U23s.
The Western Conference semifinals are the next stage for the Rapids U23s, who have completed their regular season schedule. F.C. Golden State Force (Whittier, CA) will host the playoffs starting Friday, July 20. The Rapids’ opponents have yet to be determined.