Colorado played poorly and lost on the road. With this game, that’s a lead sentence soccer scribes have written 13 times now in 2017 about the Rapids.
The LA Galaxy got two goals in quick succession in the 22nd and 28th minutes and never looked back, drubbing the hapless ‘Pids 3-0. The Rapids struggled to make much happen on offense all night, and also failed to get much defending from anyone other than their back four in emergency mode all night. In the end, the team tallied its ninth consecutive winless game in a row, and 13th winless match away from Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The game was all Galaxy to start. After 15 minutes of play, the Rapids had hardly touched the ball at all, as the Galaxy pressed into the final third over and over again.
The Carson-ifornians broke through for goal number one on a fairly odd play. Emanuel Boateng sent in a shot (cross?) towards the Rapids goal. Kortne Ford cleared it about three yards from the goal line with a softly kicked ball that moved parallel and across the goalmouth. Goalkeeper Zac MacMath, on his knees, jerked his hands in so as to avoid touching the ball, for fear that perhaps it was a pass. As he scurried on all fours to his right, he knocked over the streaking Gyasi Zardes without making a play at the ball. Referee Jair Marrufo pointed to the spot signaling a PK, and Romain Alessandrini converted easily to make it 1-0.
The Rapids didn’t have much of a chance to jump on the Galaxy, because within two or three possessions, the kids from Carson would strike again. Right back Bradley Diallo whipped a cross into the box from the right side that was poorly cleared by Axel Sjoberg. The free ball bounced up and was headed across the box to Emmanuel Boateng, all alone at the left side of goal. Boateng one-timed it past the diving MacMath to the right post, and the Galaxy were up by a safety.
Not long after, an attempted long diagonal from Ashley Cole was whipped straight into the side of Kevin Doyle’s head. The striker stayed on the pitch for a few minutes, but came off on his own in the 27th minute for Dillon Serna. The rest of the half wound down with the Rapids struggling to string together anything threatening.
The second half was more of the same. In the 55th minute, Romain Alessandrini took the ball on the left side and burned past Mohammed Saeid a sleeping Luis Gil, as a late-to-react Kort Ford failed to close the Frenchman down. He laced a cross to Gyasi Zardes, and the Demolition Man hammered a waist high volley into the back of the net.
Other than a nice Dom Badji cut-back and shot at the 85th that was saved by John Kempin, and a Badji header at the 88th that was also saved, the Rapids net total offense on the night was pretty much nil. The Rapids 4-3-3 formation, meant to play more offensively, mostly resulted in a very strung-out team trying to launch long passes while under pressure. It didn’t work.
Of some note, Stefan Aigner made his MLS debut, coming on for Luis Gil in the 72nd for the Rapids final change on the night.
But otherwise, it was more of the same sad soccer from the Colorado Rapids, who tonight went head-to-head with the next-worst team in MLS, and still couldn’t make a game of it.