COMMERCE CITY, Colorado ̵
This was the first Arsenal pre-season play-off for the 2019-20 season, when they went on a three-game tour. The game on Monday was the only one against a MLS club. Next Arsenal must compete on Wednesday in Los Angeles against Bayern Munich.
Against an almost sold out background – many of them cheered visitors – Arsenal controlled the game.
Olayinka's goal was a big sign for the club. The 18-year-old developed through the Arsenal Academy and signed with the first team in January. He has not played in the Premier League yet. He is a great hope when Arsenal finished fifth last season.
Arsenal stars Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang arrived in the 78th minute. Each of them received rousing ovations in the last 10 minutes, catching the crowd's reaction as he generated opportunities.
The Rapids played only six regulars for the entire 90 minutes as they played an MLS match on Saturday.
The Rapids with 17-year-old midfielder Cole Bassett is a fan of Arsenal. The native Littleton played the first 45 minutes and had a chance to score. His time was limited because he has played in the league lately.
The women's players of US women's national team Lindsey Horan and Mallory Pugh were present. The two football stars and world champions are from Colorado. They were half-time honored when Colorado's Governor Jared Polis declared July 15 the day of the US national women's team in the state.