Rapids Loan Watch: Ford Still Standing As Postseason Kicks Off
It has proved a tough weekend for nine of the 10 Colorado Rapids players out on loan, with defeat for Colorado Springs Switchbacks, Phoenix Rising, and San Diego Loyal as the USL Championship postseason got underway.
The Switchbacks lost 1-0 at Orange County on Saturday night in their Conference quarterfinal encounter. Orange County played with 10 men for 59 minutes and even scored the decisive goal when a player down.
That means the end of the road for loanees Sebastian Anderson, Michael Edwards, Matt Hundley, Abe Rodriguez, Darren Yapi, Philip Mayaka, and Dantouma Toure.
Andre Rawls and Phoenix Rising were shocked at home by Rio Grande Valley, losing on penalties after the game ended 3-3 after extra-time. Goalkeeper Rawls saved one in the shootout, but his opposite number saved two as RGV - led by former Rapids assistant coach
Wilmer Cabrera - won 4-3 on penalties.
Veteran winger Vicente Sanchez, who made 55 appearances for the Rapids between 2013-15, came on for 20 minutes of extra-time for RGV, before being subbed off ahead of the spot kicks.
All of this means that Kortne Ford is the last remaining player, on loan from the Rapids, whose team is still active in the playoffs. His San Antonio FC defeated San Diego Loyal 2-0 on Friday night.
That loss for Landon Donovan’s team also means midfielder Oliver Larraz will be heading back to Colorado. That win for San Antonio takes them into a Conference semifinal at home to Rio Grande Valley next Saturday.
Elsewhere in the USL Championship playoffs, the Rapids’ former affiliate club Charlotte Independence defeated Memphis 901 FC 3-1 on Saturday. Tim Howard is the Sporting Director and Minority Owner of Memphis.
Enzo Martinez (right), who spent the 2018 season in burgundy, got an assist on the third Independence goal. Charlotte Independence travel to Louisville City next weekend.
About the author: Richard Fleming is in his ninth season covering the Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer. During 16 years with the BBC, he covered two FIFA World Cups, five Africa Cup of Nations, a FIFA Confederations Cup, and a European Championship. He has also covered UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, and football at all levels of the game during more than 30 years covering the sport.