Carson, CA - The Galaxy drew the Colorado Rapids 1-1 before 25,667 at the StubHub Center Saturday night in a pivotal six-point swing. LA extend their undefeated streak to nine games and jump to 3rd league in the Western Conference, but continue to trail the Rapids in the standings.
Gyasi Zardes started up top in place of Robbie Keane, who was out with an orbital fracture, while Giovani dos Santos was moved behind Zardes.
LA almost scored early off a brilliant passing sequence when Giovani dos Santos's pass across the midfield freed Emmanuel Boateng, Boateng squared to Gerrard and Gerrard found Zardes in the box alone, but Tim Howard stood his ground to parry away Zardes' effort.
The Galaxy had another golden opportunity when Gerrard's cross off a restart met the head of Jelle Van Damme, but his glancing header slammed off the goalpost, ricocheted off Sebstian Lletget's thigh and over the bar.
Minutes later, Marlon Hairston should have put Colorado up front when Kevin Doyle raced to the end line and squared a cross that nutmegged Ashley Cole, however Hairston could not keep his shot on frame.
LA continued to pepper the Rapids with shots, but Howard managed to keep the Galaxy off the scoresheet.
And as luck would have it, Colorado would bag the opener. After a spell of possession, Euro 2016 participant Shkelzen Gashi was open at the top of the box and first-timed a powerful rocket past a beleaguered Rowe and into the net.
This Galaxy team was in no mood to surrender however, and soon the Galaxy equalized: Steven Gerrard sent in another excellent corner kick, and Daniel Steres was brave to rise high and re-direct the ball into the lower right corner of Howard's net.
LA continued to press but were unlucky to not find a game-winner. At one point, AJ DeLaGarza almost scored a wonder goal following a tantalizing Lletget back heel, but after doing the hard work of skillfully evading two defenders in the box, DeLaGarza fired the shot from close range agonizingly over the bar.
Near the end of the match Rowe collided with a Colorado attacker and was attended to for several minutes before gingerly walking off, while the Galaxy faithful serenaded Rowe with a well-deserved standing ovation.