Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire in 2020 preseason action
Courtesy of the Colorado Rapids

MLS Preseason 2020: Colorado Rapids top Chicago Fire FC 4-2 in exhibition matchup

The Colorado Rapids exploded for four goals after conceding the opener, eventually topping Chicago Fire FC 4-2 in a preseason matchup between the sides on Saturday.

CJ Sapong and Elliot Collier netted the goals for Chicago, with Andre Shinyashiki, Sam NicholsonKellyn Acosta and Nicolas Mezquida netting a goal apiece to pace the Rapids. Nicholson also added an assist.

Sapong continued his torrid preseason with the opening goal in the ninth minute -- the third straight exhibition match with a goal for the veteran forward.

Shinyashiki would start off an impressive response from Colorado in the 22nd minute, however, finishing off a feed from Younes Namli.

Nicholson then put the Rapids on top in the 53rd minute, finishing off a corner kick for the 2-1 lead.

Acosta added a third for the Rapids with a tap-in finish on the hour mark that was assisted by Nicholson, pushing the score to 3-1.

Chicago would pull one back on a 79th-minute finish from Collier off a corner kick, but Mezquida would strike for Colorado's fourth five minutes later to round out the 4-2 scoreline.

The Rapids move to 2W-2L-1D on the 2020 preseason with the result, with the Fire falling to 2W-2L-0D. Both teams will be back in preseason action on Wednesday, as Chicago are set to take on Toronto FC, with Colorado slated for a matchup against the LA Galaxy.

Goals

  • 9' - CHI - CJ Sapong
  • 22' - COL - Andre Shinyashiki
  • 53' - COL - Sam Nicholson
  • 60' - COL - Kellyn Acosta 
  • 79' - CHI - Elliot Collier
  • 84' - COL - Nicolas Mezquida

Lineups

Colorado Rapids starting XI: Clint Irwin; Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Abubakar, Drew Moor, Sam Vines, Jack Price, Sam Nicholson, Younes Namli, Kellyn Acosta, Andre Shinyashiki, Kei Kamara

Chicago Fire FC starting XI: Bobby Shuttleworth; Brandt Bronico, Johan Kappelhof, Francisco Calvo, Jonathan Bornstein, Micheal Azira, Alvaro Medran, Djordje Mihailovic, Elliot Collier, Przemyslaw Frankowski, CJ Sapong