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Rangers Open Preseason with Victory vs. Rapids
Release: 02/17/2016
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USLSoccer.com Staff Report
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Swope Park Rangers made a big first impression as they claimed a 3-1 win against Major League Soccer’s Colorado Rapids at the Desert Diamond Cup on Wednesday night. Alberto Sanchez and Will Little scored second-half goals for the Rangers to lead the side to victory.

Former Austin Aztex forward Kris Tyrpak gave the Rangers the lead in the opening minute, as a pass from Christian Duke found Dane Kelly down the left flank. Kelly took on his man, and then centered for Tyrpak to finish first time into the bottom-right corner.

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Colorado evened the score before the break as former Charlotte Independence loanee Dominique Badji got on the end of a free kick by Dillon Powers in the 19th minute to make it 1-1. The Rangers regained the lead just past the hour-mark, though, when Academy standout Little delivered a cross that was flicked home by a back-heel finish from Sanchez.

Little added a goal of his own in the final minute when he found space 25 yards from goal and rifled a left-footed shot into the top corner of the net.

Swope Park will next take on fellow USL club Arizona United SC on Saturday night.
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