Week after week, the Colorado Rapids show that they are legitimate contenders in the Western Conference. After a win tonight, Colorado sit just one point behind the LA Galaxy in the conference standings with 34 points to LA’s 35 — but with two games in hand.
The Rapids were the better team for most of the night, except for the few minutes in which LA Galaxy’s Rayan Raveloson leveled it up just before halftime.
The game started with a penalty kick in the 12th minute, awarded to Jonathan Lewis for getting dragged down in the box. Lewis stepped up to take the shot himself and blasted it into the roof of the goal. It was the first penalty the Rapids had converted since playing LA at home in 2019. (They weren’t awarded a single PK in 2020.)
Lewis put in a solid shift in his first start since the 4th of July. Some might say he earned a second penalty a few minutes later, but the VAR would disagree. Head coach Robin Fraser, however, was shown a yellow shortly after for sharing his opinion about the matter with one of the officials.
As the first half was winding down, Raveloson took an opportunity to blast a shot from the top of the 18-yard-box and level the game at 1-1.
In the 71st minute, Andre Shinyashiki came on for Mark-Anthony Kaye and just two minutes later, scored the game-winner on — surprise surprise — a set piece.
All in all, the Burgundy Boys return home from their two-game road trip with six points. Next up, Colorado will face Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake on Saturday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.