In the 1st half, LAFC controlled the possession at an almost 60% rate, with the Rapids playing the majority of the game in the LAFC final third. The Rapids defense did an exemplary job cutting off the channels for LAFC’s dangerous offense.
In the 28th minute, Sam Nicholson suffered a twinge in his leg, so in came Niki Jackson, who provided an immediate spark with two chances on goal—alas, neither found the back of the net.
Laurent Ciman challenged Howard with a knuckler in the 46th minute that brought a smile to both Tim Howard and LAFC’s Christian Ramirez. At the end of the half, LAFC were crying for a penalty for a perceived handball, but the referee determined it wasn’t clear and obvious. Both teams entered into the locker room 0-0.
In the 2nd half, Deklyn Wynne replaced Kortne Ford at the half. One hopes that Ford did not suffer an injury, and it didn’t take long for LAFC to put the ball in the back of the net. Lee Nguyen beat Kellyn Acosta to the ball after a short header clearance by Tommy Smith. Acosta waited, Nguyen attacked and finally put the ball away.
In the 68th, Giles Barnes replaced Johan Blomberg in hopes of inspiring more offense.
McBean was oh-so-close in the 78th minute, but couldn’t get the header passed the keeper after beautiful service. Acosta fired one from long distance a minute later and made LAFC’s keeper stand on his head, providing the Rapids first corner of the match.
Diego Rossi scored his 8th on a breakaway in the 80th, scoring thanks to a beautiful pass by Adama Diomande. 2-0, LAFC.
In the 81st minute Serna did what Serna does, fire from long distance—but to no avail.
In the 86th minute, the Rapids had an opportunity on a free kick from 30 yards out. Acosta kicked it into the wall, but recovered the rebound and tried to flick it to someone in the area, but it was headed wide.
The Rapids fall to 6-13-6 (24 points) and face Real Salt Lake at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park next weekend for the third match of the Rocky Mountain Cup.