Desert Diamond Cup
Papa, Velazco see time on the field as RSL defeats SKC
FC Tucson loses hard-fought match with Colorado; Own goal, penalty prove undoing of Seattle
Wednesday night's Desert Diamond Cup matches confirmed the places for Saturday night's games. They also featured a few familiar but surprising faces in the line-ups.
Colorado Rapids 1 - FC Tucson 0
The Rapids left many familiar players on the bench, including Vicente Sánchez and Marcelo Sarvas. Although they were still able to pressure FC Tucson, they went 80 minutes before a header from 2015 draft pick Axel Sjöberg found its way past Tucson's Keegan Rogers.
FC Tucson's best chance for a goal came in the second half when a ball found the head of Odaine Sinclair. Zac McMath grabbed the ball away as he slid under the tall forward.
Colorado will play in the championship match on Saturday against Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake at 7 p.m. at Kino North Stadium.
Seattle Sounders 1 - New England Revolution 2
Seattle fielded a line-up of mostly bench players against New England's starters, but that bench included MLS journeyman Kenny Cooper. Cooper's fourth minute goal was enough to give Seattle a lead until the second half.
New England came back, however, and their constant pressure forced Seattle's Damion Lowe to land a ball in the back of his own net. A late penalty kick, well taken by Charlie Davies, gave the Revolution the win.
Seattle will play against Sporting Kansas City on Saturday for third place.
Sporting Kansas City 1 - Real Salt Lake 2
Real Salt Lake kept up their winning streak in Desert Diamond Cup play with a win against SKC. They did this despite having a line-up that was mostly bench players and trialists. Among the few recognizable names were Devon Sandoval and Luke Mullholland. Many of the players had no names on their jerseys at all.
RSL dominated a similarly constructed line-up from Sporting Kansas City, going ahead on goals fro Emery Welshman and Sandoval. Kansas City finally got on the board when their regular starters were put in at the hour mark. The very familiar scoring tandem of Benny Feilhaber and Dom Dwyer combined for the team's only goal.
Former FC Tucson player Ricardo Velazco came in after the hour mark for RSL. The bench may have looked familiar to him: four FC Tucson players were invited to sit in with the team. Long time FC Tucson player Dom Papa played the last 10 minutes of the match.