The Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy played for the second time in 2016 tonight in Carson, California and were able to scratch out a 0-0 draw with the Galaxy to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games. With the result, the Rapids are 9-2-5 (32 points, 2.0 PPG) and still top of top of the league and are off from MLS play until July 4.
The first half was a relatively quiet 45 minutes as the Rapids were a bit slow out of the gates and looked to be content to soak up pressure from the Galaxy and try and hit on the counter. The Rapids got into the game after about 20 minutes and had the best chance of the match in the 31st as Marlon Hairston was one on one with Brian Rowe of the Galaxy but found his shot saved after an excellent save by Rowe. Kevin Doyle also had a chance later in the half, but again Rowe came up huge again.
But then there was this. It's the kind of thing that nightmares are made of
The second half started strongly for the Galaxy as they were on the front foot from the moment the second half started and looked like they were going for the winner early and often. They pressured and pressured the Rapids half of the field and looked to have scored in 80th Minute, but Zac MacMath made a tremendous save to keep it level at 0-0. The Rapids had a great chance in the 83rd but Dillon Powers skied it high and over the bar.
Man of the Match: Brian Rowe, Goalkeeper, LA Galaxy (Five Saves)
15th Minute: BOOKING: Axel Sjoberg, Colorado Rapids, Unsporting Behavior
50th Minute: BOOKING: Dennis Castillo, Colorado Rapids, Reckless Foul
75th Minute: BOOKING: Micheal Azira, Colorado Rapids, Tactical Foul
82nd Minute: BOOKING: A.J. DeLaGarza, LA Galaxy, Dissent
82nd Minute: BOOKING: Jelle Van Damme, LA Galaxy, Dissent
The Rapids Starting XI:
Zac MacMath, Eric Miller, Axel Sjoberg, Jared Watts, Dennis Castillo, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Marlon Hairston (Luis Solignac, 78th Min), Dillon Powers, Marco Pappa (Dominique Badji, 73rd Min), Kevin Doyle
Substitutions: Chris Froschauer, Dominique Badji, Dillon Serna, Conor Doyle, Luis Solignac, Emmanuel Appiah
The Galaxy Starting XI:
Brian Rowe, Dave Romney, Jelle Van Damme, Daniel Steres, A.J. DeLaGarza, Sebastian Lletget (Alan Gordon, 87th Min), Baggio Husidic (Steven Gerrard, 61st), Nigel De Jong, Emmanuel Boateng, Giovani Dos Santos (Mike Magee, 73rd), Jack McBean
Substitutions: Clement Diop, Jose Villarreal, Steven Gerrard, Alan Gordon, Mike Magee, Jeff Larentowicz, Rafael Garcia