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The Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy played to a 1-1 draw on Sunday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Don't look now, but the Colorado Rapids just played to their first ever tie streak with Oscar Pareja as head coach. Both of those ties have been pretty nice to watch as well, it looks like Colorado might finally be starting to pick up on the system that they've been struggling to implement all season long. Against the Galaxy, they even were able to cut down on the bad defensive lapses, though that might have had more to do with the fact that Tyrone Marshall was removed from the back.
Did we mention that the Rapids still aren't knocked out of the playoffs somehow? Because that's true as well. We can't figure it out either.
Colorado had a vintage start to the game, by which I mean they went down early in an unfortunate circumstance. Robbie Keane went into the box in the 10th minute and was quickly surrounded, so he took a shot. It was deflected by Drew Moor, but right onto the foot of Marcelo Sarvas. His shot was fantastic, but still an unfortunate one to give up early on.
For once, the Rapids struck back quickly. Six minutes after the LA goal, Colorado put together one of the best build-ups we've seen all season. Martin Rivero started it out, getting it to Hunter Freeman and then Conor Casey. Freeman got the ball again and made a lovely cross to Jaime Castrillon, who rocketed it in for the equalizer.
The scoring stopped after that, but the action got more and more heated as the game went along. Both teams had great chances to score, but the defenses were able to keep the game level. It's hard to complain about the game that Colorado put together, especially defensively -- even Hunter Freeman and Luis Zapata were holding their men down, and David Beckham was invisible all night long.
Getting points in two straight games after needing to come back from deficits doesn't hurt, either.