While the Colorado Rapids did not finish this home stretch undefeated, they did pick up a solid nine points along the way. After a quick trip to Atlanta on Saturday, they come home for two more games against the Houston Dynamo and the Seattle Sounders. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I missed most of the game last night, and haven’t had a chance to re-watch the whole thing yet, but what I did see of the second half was not pretty. Coming into this match, the LA Galaxy were the best in MLS on the road and the worst in MLS at home. We knew it was going to be a tough one, but given the Rapids’ home win streak, I still had high hopes. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Jack McBean got his first and second goals of the season and Romain Alessandrini added a third by putting in a penalty kick.
We did see a change in the lineup, which is to be expected due to the midweek game, though I have a feeling that Pablo Mastroeni may be tweaking the lineup anyway. The key players missing from the starting XI were Jared Watts and Dillon Powers. Watts has likely lost his starting CB spot to Kortne Ford, and Dillon Powers doesn’t really have a solid spot in the 4-4-2. I think we’ll see Powers on the bench much more often, and maybe permanently when Nana Boateng comes back from his injury. I think Josh Gatt is starting to cement his role on the wing, too. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the lineup in the comments.
The one positive thing we can take from this is that Dillon Serna got his first start and his first goal, so congrats to Dillon!
The Rapids are now back at the bottom of the Western Conference at 5-9-1 with 16 points and one to two games in hand with every other team below the red line.
You can watch the highlights here.
Final Score: LA Galaxy 3 - Colorado Rapids 1
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park - Commerce City, CO
Referee: Chris Penso
Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry, Andrew Bigelow
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
5’ - LA - Jack McBean
37’ - COL - Dillon Serna (Dominique Badji, Joshua Gatt)
63’ - LA - Jack McBean (Joao Pedro)
71’ - COL - Romain Alessandrini (PK)
24’ - COL - Mike da Fonte (unsporting behavior)
29’ - LA - Nathan Smith (persistent infringement)
34’ - LA - Joao Pedro (unsporting behavior)
LINEUPS & STATS
Colorado: Tim Howard; Marlon Hairston, Kortne Ford, Axel Sjöberg, Mike da Fonte; Joshua Gatt, Micheal Azira, Mohammed Saeid (Dillon Powers 68’), Dillon Serna; Dominique Badji (Caleb Calvert 68’), Kevin Doyle (Alan Gordon 68’)
Substitues not used: Zac MacMath, Eric Miller, Mekeil Williams, Sam Hamilton
Total shots: 13
Shots on goal: 5
Passing Accuracy: 76%
Los Angeles: Clement Diop; Nathan Smith, David Romney, Jelle Van Damme, Ashley Cole; Gyasi Zardes, Jaime Villarreal, Joao Pedro (Rafael Garcia 87’), Emmanuel Boateng (Romain Alessandrini 64’); Jose Villarreal (Bradford Jamieson 64’), Jack McBean
Substitutes not used: Jon Kempin, Hugo Arellano, Ariel Lassiter, Jack McInerney
Total shots: 14
Shots on goal: 7
Passing Accuracy: 70%
“In the early stages of the game we created some opportunities and if you don’t finish those, this game has a cruel way of making you regret those opportunities.”
“Defensively we just shut down in the second half – no other way to put it. We gave away some bad goals that shouldn’t happen. We have to be better, learn from this and move on. We still have some games, we need to suck this one up tonight and let it go tomorrow.”
“We can’t let this happen again. We’ll have a fire under us and we’ll go to Atlanta looking to bounce back and get three points.”