I should start by saying I was only able to watch the last 15 minutes of last night’s game between the Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy (thanks Altitude) but when I finally got a stream to work, I tuned in just in time to see Cole Bassett put the ‘Pids on the scoreboard in the 79th minute.
This was Bassett’s first game after getting called up to the U-20s and bagging a couple of goals for the national team.
A few minutes later in the 82nd minute, LA ran up the other side of the pitch and unfortunately got the equalizer.
And then things got really interesting.
Shinyashiki went down in the box and the referee called what I would consider a pretty soft penalty. It was reviewed and the penalty kick was still awarded to Colorado. Since Kei Kamara was suspended after his red card against Real Salt Lake, Nicolas Mezquida stepped up and took the shot. He scored and the Rapids went up 2-1.
The Galaxy were getting visibly frustrated and right before stoppage time, LA’s Cristian Pavon was sent off with a red. After a lengthy video review, it was changed to a yellow card.
Stoppage time was originally supposed to be a reasonable four minutes, but the video review took up some time. Here we are in the 99th minute of stoppage time and Rolf Feltscher decided to work on his acting skills.
You could absolutely make an argument that Danny Wilson had a high boot here, but Feltscher was also diving towards the ball/goal. Either way, there was not a single mark on the man’s face but you’d think Smith practically took off his head with all that rolling around.
This play was also reviewed and eventually play continued.
Both teams had been playing well, but by most accounts, the Rapids had been the better team all night. Clint Irwin and David Bingham both came up big multiple times, but at the end of it all, the Rapids won their third in a row since Robin Fraser took over and LA’s playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy.