Rapids fall to first place Galaxy
Colorados lack of finishing proves detrimental.
May 3rd 2010

The last thing that the Colorado Rapids wanted Wednesday night was a loss to Los Angeles, as it would put the Galaxy nine points clear of the rest of the field in the Western Conference, but that is exactly what happened.

The Galaxy did not necessarily control the game, but they certainly seemed less wasteful of their respective chances. The Rapids struggled to take meaningful shots when opportunities presented themselves, and it spelled their first loss to Los Angelenos at DSG Park.

In the 8th minute, Omar Cummings found himself on a breakaway against fellow Jamaican Donovan Ricketts, but was unable to get a solid shot on net as the Galaxy net-minder came out to engage him.

The games only goal came in the 21st as Alan Gordon took a nice diving header from a Landon Donovan free kick. The goal was the result of an early flurry mounted by the Los Angeles offense that included a near-miss by Donovan that ricocheted off the crossbar.

Late in the second half, Colorado mounted a late attempt to equalize, winning a series of corners and forcing some saves from Ricketts, but it was too little, too late.

In the Supporters Terrace, what was lost in organization and cohesion was made up for in numbers and enthusiasm. If the various groups of fans can unify their efforts, there is plenty of potential in the north end of DSG Park.

With the win, the Galaxy continue their blistering pace, further distancing themselves as the team to beat in the Western Conference, and Colorado finds themselves in a three-way tie for second with Houston and Chivas. The Rapids pick up again on May 15th at RFK Stadium to place DC United.

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