The Colorado Rapids will return to the friendly confines of Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday evening as the Denver-based club will look to get a result at home against the LA Galaxy. The midweek fixture will feature Landon Donovan's final game in Denver as a professional, after the former Bayer Leverkusen player announced his retirement a day after the MLS All Star Game.
Colorado (8-10-6) are looking for ways to end a season high four-game losing streak after being on the wrong end of a 4-2 loss in Washington DC on the weekend. DC United put Colorado to the sword at RFK Stadium despite Dillon Serna and Deshorn Brown getting on the scoresheet. To make matters worse, the Rapids lost captain and veteran defender Drew Moor early in the match to a torn ACL. Moor will miss the remainder of the season.
LA Galaxy (9-5-7) suffered a shock 4-1 defeat in Columbus, Ohio as the Columbus Crew were able to boost their own playoff chances. Gyasi Zardes scored the lone goal, but the southern California side were not able to launch a comeback on the road.
Landon Donovan's retirement came as a surprise, as the attacking midfielder is only 32 years of age. The Ontario, California native started his career in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen. Donovan was then loaned to the San Jose Earthquakes for three seasons before being sold to the LA Galaxy in 2005. He then had loan spells with Everton in 2010 and 2012. Meanwhile, the Rapids are currently three points back from playoff contention, facing an uphill battle in the Western Conference.