ORLANDO, Florida – The Rapids kicked off their second leg of preseason with an impressive 6-2 victory over CF Montréal on Saturday afternoon. Djordje Mihailovic, Calvin Harris, Cole Bassett, Rafael Navarro, Jonathan Lewis and Kimani Stewart-Baynes all found the net in the impactful win against Montréal, totaling 16 goals in three matches.
The match consisted of four 30-minute quarters, with a complete lineup change occurring in the 77th minute. Colorado began assertively, scoring a goal in the sixth minute, extending their streak of early goals to three-consecutive preseason matches. In a chaotic sequence following Cole Bassett’s deflected cross, forward Rafael Navarro nudged the ball to Connor Ronan. Ronan threaded a pass through traffic to fellow midfielder Djordje Mihailovic, who capitalized on the opportunity to open the scoring against his former club. Mihailovic had played for CF Montréal from 2021-22. The second goal was a result of a swiftly taken free kick by midfielder Jasper Löffelsend, who then found midfielder Cole Bassett. Bassett then provided a pinpoint pass to Calvin Harris, who outpaced the defender with remarkable speed, securing the forward’s fourth goal in three matches.
As the first 60 minutes neared a close, Montréal responded with goals from Dominik Yankov in the 48th minute and Nathan Saliba in the 51st minute, respectively, leveling the match.
The second set of 60 minutes began briskly, as Jonathan Lewis pressured a Montréal defender into a pass that was mishit by his teammate. Seizing the opportunity, Cole Bassett intercepted the pass, rapidly reinstating Colorado’s lead. In the 73rd minute, Connor Ronan delivered a set piece from outside the box, which connected with defender Andreas Maxsø’s head. Maxsø then directed the ball to Rafael Navarro, who executed a diving header, doubling Colorado’s lead.
Wholesale changes were made for the Rapids in the 77th minute. Among the substitutions was Noah Strellnauer, a product of the Rapids Academy who currently plays at the U17 level, making his first appearance with the first team. In the 82nd minute, Rapids homegrown midfielder Oliver Larraz linked up with Rapids 2 midfielder Marlon Vargas, who had been called up for the match. Vargas delivered a curling cross into the box, finding Lewis, who netted the club’s fifth goal of the day. This goal marked Lewis’ second-consecutive match with a goal,…