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Game Recap: Rapids get first win of 2019 against LA Galaxy

After 12 games, the rookie Andre Shinyashiki was the difference maker.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at LA Galaxy Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

In the first game of the Colorado Rapids’ 2019 season, Andre Shinyashiki put in a late goal to tie things up and get his team a point. Shinyashiki was the hero again tonight, scoring in the 82nd minute to lift the Burgundy Boys over the L.A. Galaxy 1-0.

Galaxy were without Zlatan Ibrahimovic due to a two-game suspension from last weekend, while Colorado was missing Diego Rubio due to an extended suspension from the match against the Vancouver Whitecaps on May 3rd.

The Rapids had multiple chances but weren’t able to convert until Shinyashiki’s goal, while Tim Howard had a couple of close-range saves to keep the clean sheet tonight.

Keegan Rosenberry also had a great clearance off the line in the first half that kept L.A. off the scoreboard.

The Rapids proved that stats don’t always mean much and sometimes it’s more about who gets that one shot that goes in.

After the game, interim head coach Conor Casey said, “I’m incredibly proud of the guys, they’ve worked so hard this season they haven’t quit and tonight should give them a lot of confidence. We’ve been working so hard and they haven’t stopped believing in each other and to pull through the way we did tonight showed a lot of character and we have a lot of games left in the season so it should all those guys in that locker room confidence in what we are doing going forward and that we will be a real threat to other teams.”

He thought the entire backline was great and that “Timmy [Howard] came up huge for us a couple of times and Tommy [Smith] and Lalas [Abubakar] looked quite comfortable and both Deklan [Wynne] and Keegan [Rosenberry] did a really good job with the speed that they have on their wings, so I was very pleased and encouraged by the performance. First shutout of the year so it’s a big step for us.”

Captain Tim Howard agreed. “It felt good to win,” he said. “I thought we weathered the storm in the first half. They did a good job of overloading us, particularly on our right side. But I thought we were able to get to halftime. We defended well. We hit them on the break a few times in the second half and we could have scored more goals. But it feels good to get a win.”

With four homes games coming up in their next six, the Rapids have a chance to gain some momentum and get some positive results.