Rapids edged out by Yokohama in Hawaii
Hiroaki Namba scored twice for Yokohama FC in the Japanese club’s 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids in the second semifinal of the Hawaiian Islands Invitational on Thursday night.
Yokohama will play in Saturday’s final against Busan I’Park FC (South Korea), which beat Melbourne Heart FC (Australia) 1-0 on Yu Ji-hun’s goal in a penalty kick tiebreaker.
Namba headed the ball into the goal in the 56th minute at Aloha Stadium off an assist from Toyoma Uchida. Following a Rapids foul, Uchida restarted play with a right-footed blast from about 25 yards out.
He found Namba near the top of the 6-yard box and his header went to the left of Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens and into the net.
Namba also scored in the 63rd minute off an assist from Takahiro Nakazato. The ball was sent across the 18-yard box and redirected from Nakazato to Namba, who was open on the far post.
Colorado’s Drew Moor scored on a header in the 73rd minute, off a corner kick from Omar Cummings.
In the first semifinal, Jeon Sang-wook made four saves during the penalty kick tiebreaker before Yu Ji-hun’s game-winner.
After a scoreless regulation, the teams bypassed overtime and went straight to penalty kicks. Choi Kwang-hee, Yoon Dong-min, Rodrigues Mota Junior and Yu scored for Busan, which converted four of its seven penalty kicks.
Zac Walker, Dusan Bosjnak and Joshua Groenewald scored on their attempts for Melbourne.
Yu’s left-footed shot found the right side of the goal, while Melbourne goalie Vendran Janjetovic dived left.
Colorado and Melbourne Heart FC will play in the third-place match before Saturday’s final.