The Los Angeles Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids played to an uninspiring 1-1 draw despite both teams needing results for playoff positioning.
Marcelo Sarvas scored a 10th minute goal to put the Galaxy in front, but the lead was short lived as Colorado tied the game in the 16th minute on a goal from Jamie Castrillon.
Sarvas scored his second goal of the year after Robbie Keane had a shot blocked in the box. Keane received the ball from the wing, turned and fired a shot that was deflected by the defense. The ball bounced back to Sarvas who unleashed a rocket of a shot that left Colorado goalkeeper Matt Pickens with no chance whatsoever. The ball was still rising as it headed into the corner of the net.
Colorado answered six minutes later when Hunter Freeman and Conor Casey played a 1-2 combination on the left flank. Freeman got behind Todd Dunivant and served a ball on the ground to the back post. Castrillon snuck in from his left wing position and latched onto the end of the cross, one-timing a shot past Josh Saunders to tie the game.
Saunders made sure the Galaxy did not suffer their first loss in seven matches when he made a spectacular reaction save on a Drew Moor shot in the 80th minute. Moor was forward for the Rapids corner kick attempt, and was able to shake free from Sean Franklin before directing his header towards goal. Saunders was able to parry the shot and preserve at least a point for the Galaxy.
Both teams had 14 attempts on goal and the possession was evenly split between the two sides. The game lacked the sense of urgency a spectator should expect considering that the Rapids are fighting for their playoff lives and the Galaxy are still struggling for positioning in the Western Conference. The Galaxy want to hit their stride at the right time, and there are only three games remaining in the MLS regular season, and all three games are against playoff teams.
Colorado is currently in 7th place in the Western Conference, they are now eight points behind Vancouver for the last playoff spot, but they will be mathematically eliminated if Vancouver secures a win in any of their last three games.
The most concerning news for the Galaxy might surround the status of A.J. De La Garza. De La Garza left the game after 34 minutes when he left the game with a knee injury. Tommy Meyer replaced De La Garza, but De La Garza has been instrumental to the Galaxy’s run of defensive success the past two months, and they will hope the injury is not too serious.
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