All Day at the Bulldog
England, USA & the Rapids games reflected on by Chris Moyer
Mar 31st 2011

Saturday morning came early for the Bulldog and itsí intrepid supporters club. 7:00 A.M., three cups of tea, and the Denver contingent of the Barmy Army came down to watch England get taken apart by a vastly superior Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup (Sri Lanka 231-0 def. England 229-6). Fortunately this hearty bunch was soon joined by fifteen more England fans, and two Welsh supporters to watch a much happier match, unless you were cheering on Wales. England started brightly with a midfield trio of Lampard, Parker, and Wilshere feeding Ashley Young as he darted into the Welsh box before being bundled over John Collins. Frank Lampard stepped up and slotted the penalty into the lower left corner to make it 1-0. Eight minutes later England doubled their lead when Ashley Young once again unlocked the Welsh defense with his pace before his cross found a willing Daren Bent, all to happy to smash the ball into the roof of the net. This was Bentís third goal in as many games for England, and it effectively killed off the match as England cruised to a 2-0 win in Cardiff.

While the England and Wales match didnít finish with a great deal of suspense, the evening International Friendly between the USA and Argentina more than made up for it. Bulldog Supporters started arriving at the bar two hours before the match to snap up the best seats and by game time the place was packed to near capacity. Argentina predictably started off the match brighter, but the USA defended coherently with the leadership of a brilliant Tim Howard. In the 42 minute Messiís brilliance was on full display as he danced between defenders to set up Di Maria, whose shot was saved by Howard only to see Cambiasso smash home the rebound. Fourteen minutes into the second half the Bulldog faithful were rewarded when Landon Donovans free-kick found Carlos Bocanegra who headed the ball on net and Juan Agudelo reacted first to slot the ball home and give the USA a well deserved 1-1 draw.

The excitement of the USA match was only the appetizer for the Rapids, who kicked off at 8:30 against Chivas. Without Omar Cummings for International duty and Conor Casey being rested there was a nervous energy on the pitch and at the Bulldog. The Rapids came out on top, limiting Chivasís chances and bossing the midfield. The rapids dominance was rewarded in the 32nd minute when Jamie Smith released Quincy Amarikwa, who chipped the keeper and taped the ball into the net. The Rapids defended well the rest of the match, and sent the Bulldog faithful home happy with their second win of the season.

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