Early Goals, Big Saves Lead To Draw
Both goals in the match were scored in the first 20 minutes. Marcelo Sarvas smashed a loose ball in the penalty area into the net in the 10th minute after a Robbie Keane shot was blocked. The Galaxy were a little slow to react after a turnover in the 16th minute. The Rapids counterattacked quickly when Conor Casey passed the ball to the wing to Hunter Freeman who crossed into the area. Jaime Castrillon finished with a powerful strike which beat Josh Saunders. Saunders' quick reaction denied Drew Moor's vicious headed attempt in the 80th minute to preserve the draw. Colorado keeper Matt Pickens also had crucial saves in the match to keep our side from getting the three points.
A.J. DeLaGarza Injured
One of the Galaxy's backline players, A.J. DeLaGarza, was injured during the match and left after 34 minutes. DeLaGarza's injury occurred in the 30th minute when he clashed knees with Rapids forward Omar Cummings. DeLaGarza had to be removed from the field on a stretcher and has been initially diagnosed with a left knee sprain. Tommy Meyer did a good job filling in for DeLaGarza, but the Galaxy cannot afford to be without one of their defensive starters during a playoff run.
Galaxy Playoff Update
The draw put the Galaxy into third place in the Western Conference with 50 points, just two points behind Real Salt Lake and one point ahead of the Seattle Sounders. The Sounders have one game in hand on the Galaxy while L.A. has played the same number of games as RSL. Our side will have an opportunity to take points away from both sides during October as two of the final three MLS matches are against Seattle and RSL. One advantage the Galaxy have over both the Sounders and RSL is the all-important goals scored tiebreaker. With a double-digit lead over both teams in the category, our side is in the driver's seat in the race for second place.
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