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Colorado MatchDay First Look: LA Galaxy

The Rapids travel to Carson to take on a formidable opponent in the Galaxy.

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The Colorado Rapids hit the road on Wednesday night as they take on Western Conference Rival LA Galaxy at StubHub Center at 8:30 PM.  For the Rapids this is one of the most challenging tests they will face this season as the Galaxy have some impressive firepower on their roster and will look to take down the MLS leading Rapids

The Records

The Rapids are 9-2-4 (31 points, 2.07 PPG) and are atop the Supporters Shield Standings as well as top of the Western Conference.  The Galaxy are 5-3-6 (21 points, 1.5 PPG) and are currently sixth in the Western Conference and eighth in the chase for the Supporters Shield trophy.

Recent Results

12 March 2016:  1-0 win at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

1 August 2015:  1-3  loss at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

2 May 2015:  1-1 draw at LA Galaxy

5 September 2014:  0-6 loss at LA Galaxy

20 August 2014:  3-4 loss at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Basic Statistics

GP Points Win Loss Draw GF GA Shots Shots on Goal
Colorado Rapids 15 31 9 2 4 19 11 200 77
LA Galaxy 14 21 5 3 6 27 17 151 60

Initial Thoughts

Well, this is interesting.  The Galaxy come into this match with the highest scoring offense in Major League Soccer and the Rapids feature the stingiest.  This should be a case of something has to break, right?

Maybe, but this strikes me as a match that will be low scoring and has a high probability of being a draw.

Both clubs are missing (or could be missing) big name players:

Rapids:  Shkelzen Gashi, Jermaine Jones, Marc Burch, Bobby Burling, Mekeil Williams

Galaxy:  Robbie Keane, Gyasi Zardes, Giovani dos Santos (Questionable--Injury), Steven Gerrard (Questionable-Injury)

And those absences could have an impact on how this match goes.  As I said, this feels a bit like a draw, but with this Rapids team, it's hard to bet against them.  But regardless of result, I think the Rapids go for it.  This is their last MLS game until July 4 (they do have an away US Open Cup match in Texas on the 29th of June).  There is no reason to not go out and look for a win against a Galaxy team that is beatable.