Galaxy-Rapids Preview

The Associated Press

While the Los Angeles Galaxy are coming off their worst loss of the season, such embarrassments have quickly become the norm for the Colorado Rapids.

Both clubs will try to recover Wednesday night in Colorado, and the Rapids will certainly be happy to be home after furthering their road struggles.

Los Angeles (9-5-7) suffered a 4-1 defeat in Columbus on Saturday, its worst MLS loss since falling 5-0 at New England on June 2, 2013.

"Bad performance all around," captain Robbie Keane told the club's official website. "I think they were the better team throughout the game. They controlled most of the game. Our best play was the first 15 minutes of the second half, but after that they got control and they never really looked like they were going to lose.

"Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and give the other team credit. And we have to give them credit tonight."

Gyasi Zardes found the back of the net in the 49th minute to cut the Crew's lead to 2-1. The striker has scored in four straight matches with nine goals in his last 10.

No such scoring has come in the Galaxy's last three matches with the Rapids, resulting in three losses by a 4-0 aggregate. The latest was a 1-0 final in Colorado on May 3.

The Rapids (8-10-6), though, have been far more shaky in recent matches with four straight defeats. It's their longest skid since dropping six straight from July 4-28, 2012.

After falling 4-2 at D.C. on Sunday, they've been outscored 11-3 during the slide.

"At this moment I think confidence is low," coach Pablo Mastroeni said. "Especially when you are conceding the way we are, you begin to anticipate that and I think lack of confidence is an issue. The only way in life to find that is to sit with yourself and be quiet.

"You can't instill that in people, that comes from within. Like I said, we found our way in to this and it's about character to find our way out."

The defensive issues could be about to become more pronounced. The greatest loss over the weekend might have been that of captain Drew Moor after the club announced Tuesday that the center back tore his ACL and lateral meniscus and will miss the rest of the season. Colorado is already without center back Shane O'Neill.

There might be some comfort in returning to Denver, as the Rapids have gone 0-7-2 with 24 goals conceded in their last nine on the road. They're 6-3-3 with a plus-10 goal differential at home for the year.

Landon Donovan's farewell tour continues in a visiting environment in which he's scored four goals in his last nine matches. Mastroeni played with Donovan on the U.S. national team and with Los Angeles for part of last season before retiring.

"I think it'll be a great opportunity to send off one of the true greats of the game here in the States, albeit with a defeat from here," Mastroeni said.

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