The LA Galaxy came into the match looking to make it five straight games unbeaten. They also had another chance to seize the top spot in the West, though this time, they’d be able to enjoy it longer than an hour. However, it was the visiting Colorado Rapids who would play spoiler, beating the Galaxy 2-1 at Dignity Health Sports Park on Tuesday.
The first half was dominated by the G’s who outshot the Rapids, 10-3, and out-possessed them by a wide margin, 73-27%. The only problem was, they weren't doing much with it, only putting three shots on target the entire half. Things got nervy in the 13th minute when Jonathan Lewis went down in the box, drawing a penalty. He would step up to take the kick as well, putting a laser top shelf, right down the middle for the early lead.
Rayan Raveloson, who brought down Lewis for the penalty earlier in the match, redeemed himself in the 34th minute. A ball that had been headed around, fell to an awaiting Raveloson, who wasted no time in sending in a rocket from outside the box, for the equalizer. The goal was the first LA Galaxy goal from outside the box all season.
Set pieces haunted the galaxy in the second half. The Rapids retook the lead in the 73rd minute via corner kick. The initial pass was headed on towards the far post, where Andre Shinyashiki was waiting to nudge it in.
That would be the last goal of the night, giving the Rapids the win, and three points on the road. The loss snaps a four-match unbeaten run for the Galaxy. They do however, remain in third place in the West, but Colorado have closed the gap to just one point. LA will get a few days rest before hosting rivals San Jose Earthquakes this Friday.
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