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Set up for advancing: Some takeaways from #LAvCOL

Looking forward to next week for game two against LA, when the entire season is on the line.

MLS: Conference Semifinals-Colorado Rapids at Los Angeles Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids lost the first leg of the MLS Cup Western Conference Semifinals to the LA Galaxy 1-0 in a rather dull affair at the StubHub Center. Given the pressure the Galaxy put on the Rapids defense and the work Tim Howard put in in goal, I don’t see many Rapids fans unhappy with the result (granted, an away goal would have been just delightful).

But now the Galaxy come to our place (yes, it’s ours—the fans), a place where the Rapids lost how many games? Oh, that’s right—zero. Coming to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, coming to mile high altitude, coming to that fortress where the Rapids gave up only seven—seven—goals in 17 games.

Rapids fans should like their home team’s chances.

A few takeaways from the South Stands, all geared around the offense. One goal in the last three games isn’t going to cut it. Plus, given how the Seattle Sounders took it to Supporters’ Shield winner FC Dallas tonight, we will face teams who have firepower.

  1. Jermaine Jones, Marco Pappa, and Marlon Hairston need to start. Those three will run the Galaxy right off the pitch. I know that means sitting down Dillon Powers and possibly Kevin Doyle or Dominique Badji, but every time those gents are in the game, glorious things happen.
  2. If Coach Mastroeni insists on keeping Badji in the lineup and insists on keeping Jones in as a super-sub (both legitimate options), then put Badji up top and slide Doyle back into the No. 9 spot, with Gashi on the left and Hairston on the right up top.
  3. DSGP must be packed out! Let’s make it 17,000 v. 11. Be the 12th man making noise. All. Game. Long. Let’s not just leave it up to Section 117 or C38. Games are great places to hang out and socialize. Not the game on November 6, thought—during the playoffs, we need every fan hanging on every play, cheering our boys in burgundy to move on toward the MLS Cup Final.

That’s it, really. What do you think? What were your takeaways from yesterday, and what adjustments are needed for November 6th? The season in its entirety is on the line.