The LA Galaxy lost 1-0 to the Colorado Rapids tonight, the match winner coming on what looked like a pass from Vicente Sanchez that hit the far post and fell in behind Jaime Penedo. The Galaxy were able to make plenty of opportunities, mlssoccer.com credits them with two big chances missed, but were unable to finish anything.
Landon Donovan could have put the LA Galaxy up a goal early, when he found himself with the ball on his foot just to the right of the six-yard box. The attempt was saved and then Stefan Ishizaki had a chance from the penalty area when the rebound fell to him, but his shot was blocked off the line.
That these unassisted misses were the high-water-mark for the Galaxy in this match says a lot about how things progressed. The Galaxy only got four of their shots on target, and those were two of them.
The Galaxy are now 2-2-2 on the season with eight points, the loss snapping a four-match unbeaten streak. It was the first time since 2012 that the Galaxy have had all three DPs available for a match against the Rapids, against whom d Galaxy are winless in their last three MLS meetings.
Going forward, the biggest news is going to be the status of Omar Gonzalez. As LA battles several injuries, Gonzalez had to be subbed out at halftime due to a left knee injury. The measure was called precautionary, but it's impossible to know the extent until he gets checked out. A.J. DeLaGarza played his third straight match at left back with Todd Dunivant still on the mend from an abdominal injury. Marcelo Sarvas was unavailable with a MCL injury.
Another story to watch is the penalty kick situation. Landon Donovan was kicked off taking penalty kicks after missing two last season, and Robbie Keane is now 0-2 to begin this season on kicks from the spot. Both penalties were earned by Rob Friend.
The Galaxy fly to Portland next weekend to face the Timbers, then end the rash of road matches with an away fixture at the Houston Dynamo.