TUKWILA, WASH. – Tacoma Defiance (7-2-4, 28 points) defeated Colorado Rapids 2 (2-7-2, 9 points) 4-1 Saturday evening at Starfire Stadium, extending its unbeaten streak to nine games (6-0-3). Marlon Vargas scored a brace, with Danny Leyva and Eric Kinzner each adding a strike to give Tacoma all three points.
Vargas scored in the opening moments of the match off an impressive team goal. Georgi Minoungou dribbled up the right flank, passed it off to Juan Alvarez, who passed it back to Minoungou, who laid it off for Vargas at the top of the area. Vargas fired the ensuing shot, which deflected off the goalkeeper’s hands before finding the back of the net. It was Vargas’ sixth consecutive game with a goal. Vargas bagged his brace in the 28th minute, controlling a looping ball from Minoungou on the left side of the area and smashing a ball into the goal for Tacoma’s second of the night. Leyva scored two minutes later after Minoungou crossed a ball across the area to the feet of Cody Baker, who laid off a pass for Leyva, who finished the attack into the roof of the net.
Rapids 2 pulled one back in the early part of the second half, firing a long range shot past the outstretched arms of Tacoma goalkeeper Andrew Thomas. Defiance got its fourth goal of the game after Vargas showed a bit of skill to keep the ball in on the touchline, then lofted a cross that found the head of Eric Kinzner to secure all three points for the home side.
Following the result tonight, Wade Webber’s side heads to Texas to take on Houston Dynamo 2 on Sunday, June 26 (5:00p.m. PT / mlsnextpro.com).
Tacoma Defiance 4 – Colorado Rapids 2 1
Saturday, June 18, 2022
Venue: Starfire Stadium
Referee: Adorae Monroy
Weather: 61 degrees and cloudy
TAC – Marlon Vargas (Georgi Minoungou) 3’
TAC – Marlon Vargas (Georgi Minoungou) 28’
TAC – Danny Leyva (Cody Baker) 30’
COL – Philip Mayaka 54’
TAC – Eric Kinzner (Marlon Vargas) 78’
COL – Dantoum Toure (caution) 13’
COL – Daouda Amadou (caution) 15’
TAC – Hal Uderitz (caution) 24’
TAC – Georgi Minoungou (caution) 58’
COL – Connor Miller (caution) 70’
COL – Blake Malone (caution) 74’
COL – Philip Mayaka (caution) 77’
LINEUPS & STATS
Tacoma Defiance – Andrew Thomas, Sota Kitahara, Achille Robin, Hal Uderitz (Eric Kinzner 62’), Cody Baker, Josh Atencio (Fito Ovalle HT), Danny Leyva (Joe Hafferty 71’) Georgi Minoungou (Valentin Sabella 80’), Marlon Vargas – captain, Ethan Dobbelaere, Juan Alvarez (Reed Baker-Whiting 62’)
Substitutes not used: Wallis Lapsley, Travian Sousa, Randy Mendoza, Alfred Gombe-Fei
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 8
Colorado Rapids 2 – Isaac Nehme, Maclovio Swett, Steve Flores (Omar Gomez HT), Blake Malone, Daniel Garcia (Angel Robles 90’), Sebastian Anderson, Philip Mayaka – captain, Connor Miller (Jack Sullivan 64’), Daouda Amadou (Cain Castellon 74’), Yosuke Hanya (Josh Hardin 90’), Dantoum Toure
Substitutes not used: Abe Rodriguez, Cain Castellon
Total shots: 11
Shots on goal: 7