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Sunday, February 5, 2012
Rapids, Fusion go scoreless

By Scott French

The Colorado Rapids opened the Southern California portion of its preseason camp Sunday in Oxnard with a 0-0 draw against the Ventura County Fusion.

Quincy Amarikwa came closest to scoring, putting a 27th-minute header over the crossbar, in a sloppy first encounter under new coach Oscar Pareja at Oxnard College. The Rapids have three more games in California, Tuesday against Chivas USA at Home Depot Center and Friday night and Saturday afternoon against San Jose at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.

Pareja used a largely reserve lineup in both halves. Veterans Tyrone Marshall, Hunter Freeman and Wells Thompson were in the starting XI, and Drew Moor and Marvell Wynne saw time in the second half.

The Fusion hasn't surrendered a goal in 2 hours against Major League Soccer opposition. The Premier Development League powerhouse beat Chivas USA, 1-0, on Jan. 27 at Oxnard College.

Oxnard College
Colorado Rapids 0, Ventura County Fusion 0

Rapids: Steward Ceus (Ian Joyce, 46); Hunter Freeman (Eddie Ababio, 46), Tyrone Marshall (Drew Moor, 68; Scott Palguta, 86), Scott Palguta (Marvell Wynne, 68), Luis Eduardo Zapata (Kevin Huezo, 46); Ross LaBauex (Alejandro Guido, 46), Joseph Nane (Steven Emory, 59), Wells Thompson (Tony Cascio, 71); Quincy Amarikwa (Davy Armstrong, 46), Andre Akpan (Sam Archer, 46), Tony Cascio (Jefferson Angulo, 46; Quincy Amarikwa, 86).

Fusion (starting): Sam Hayden; Dylan Riley, Ellison, Castillo, Mickey Daly; Danny Barrera, Manny Guzman, Jack Avesyan, Ivan Mirkovic; Jaime Chavez, Hagop Chirishian.

Yellow card: Freeman 29. Red card: Angulo 86.