The Colorado Rapids go on the road and bring home another point with their 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy. With this tie, the Rapids stay within distance of FC Dallas and keeping a cushion over the Galaxy.
The match began with the Galaxy having most of the play and possession. But the reason it remained scoreless was because of the play of Tim Howard. He made some great saves on Gyasi Zardes and Giovani dos Santos.
The Rapids took the lead in the second half on a wonderstrike by Shkelzen Gashi that should be the goal of the week. But the lead would not hold. The Rapids went to sleep on a corner. Daniel Steres was able to head a corner in. Do not know how he was able to out jump Axel Sjoberg on the play.
Here is how I saw the match.
Tim Howard - 8 (4.55): Tim Howard had a huge match and is the reason why the Rapids are coming back with a point from Los Angeles. If he does not make the saves on Zardes and dos Santos the Galaxy get the win.
Marc Burch - 7 (7.37): Not a bad match for Burch and he has settled in to that starting left back roll. He defended well and was able to distribute well.
Axel Sjoberg. - 6 (7.18): There were times that he defended well and then was the Galaxy goal. He needs to get up and win that. There was no excuse for that.
Bobby Burling - 7 (7.28): A strong match from Burling who defended well. He and Sjoberg are working well there and the backline is now more stable and solid than it was when he was out injured.
Eric Miller - 7 (7.05): Miller was really active and was able to get up into the attack a few times. He had a shot on goal, the volley could have been better. Unfortunately it went right at Rowe.
Sam Cronin - 7 (6.92): Cronin was active and good in defense and attack this match. He had a nice attacking cross that almost found Doyle.
Dillon Powers - 6 (5.45): Powers did well and was good in attack and defense also. He provided good cover and seemed to be disrupting the play. He got lucky that Nigel de Jong did not break his leg.
Dominique Badji - 5 (4.73): Badji should have done more while he was on in the first half. He just was not active and when he had his chance, he did not do much with it. It will be interesting to see if he starts on Saturday.
Shkelzen Gashi - 7 (8.39): This would have been an 8 but Gashi made a few bad decisions. He took some ill advised shots. He likes to shoot, and that is not a bad thing. But one needs to be judicious in shot selection, taking a shot from 30 yards out is not a good decision.
Marlon Hairston - 7 (8.10): He almost had a goal, and probably should have. But he made up with that with the assist on Gashi's goal. He had a good run on Saturday night.
Kevin Doyle - 6 (6.28): Doyle again was a no show on the score sheet and opportunities. It would be nice for your striker to score some goals or get some assists. He did make a great pass across the goal that Hairston should have finished.
Sebastian Le Toux - 6 (7.17): Le Toux is still adapting to a new club and sometimes looks lost when he is on the pitch. Time will hopefully improve this.
Micheal Azira - 4 (4.54): After having a great season, Azira has had two poor games in a row. His last one resulted in a sending off and was lucky to not be sent off in this one.
That is how I saw the match. What do you think? Leave your comments below.