Rapids Can't Capitalize vs. League's Worst Team

CARSON CA (Saturday September 8 2007) - The Colorado Rapids lost for the first time in five games when they fell to the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 at the HomeDepotCenter Saturday night.
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A Terry Cooke cross in the third minute resulted in the first two corner kicks of the game. The last time these two teams played Cooke set a Rapids team record when he took 13 corner kicks in the game.

Bouna Coundoul was forced to make a great stop in the 22nd minute. Edson Buddle beat Facundo Erpen and forced Colorado’s ‘keeper to come out of the goal and deflect Buddle’s shot out with a diving save.

Brandon Prideaux and Mehdi Ballouchy both had opportunities in the 38th minute. Prideaux hit his shot from the top of the 18 yard box right at Joe Cannon. Ballouchy attempted to drill his shot past Cannon but he hit it just over the goal.

The Galaxy scored their first goal against the Rapids in 588 minutes of action when Peter Vagenas played a ball to Alan Gordon who rounded Coundoul and shot into the empty net.

In the 55th minute Kyle Martino took a corner kick that Buddle headed past Coundoul but Ballouchy was in the right place to stop the shot with his chest and clear the danger.

In the 58th minute Zach Thornton made his Rapids debut when he came in for an injured Coundoul who had suffered an abdominal strain on his diving save attempt on Gordon. The MLS original made his first save for Colorado three minutes later.

Buddle made the Galaxy’s advantage 2-0 when he scored a goal from a seemingly offside position in the 63rd minute.

Herculez Gomez had an opportunity in the 65th minute when Ballouchy laid a ball off to him but Cannon made a kick save on Gomez's hard-struck shot to deny the former Galaxy player.

In the 68th minute Cannon went on an adventure when his clearance from the end line went straight to Cooke. Cannon recovered to barely tip the cross from the Englishman; however it fell to Colin Clark whose volley went just over the net.

In the 70th minute Martino headed a Chris Klein cross into the Rapids' net. Thornton got to the back post to try and make the save but he didn’t get enough of the ball to keep it out.

Ballouchy pulled one back for the Rapids in the 89th minute. Capping an all-around game the Moroccan collected a Cannon clearance and scored his first goal in a Colorado kit.

Substitutes Omar Cummings and Jacob Peterson both had chances in extra time but their shots both went wide to the right of Cannon’s goal.

The Rapids will return to Dick’s SportingGoodsPark after two games on the road when they take on Chivas USA this coming Sunday September 16 at 1 p.m. Tickets are available and may be purchased by calling the Rapids at (303) 825-GOAL or by logging onto TicketHorse.com.

Scoring Summary:

LA – Gordon (Vagenas) 46

LA – Buddle (Jones Vagenas) 63

LA – Martino (Klein Jones) 70

COL – Ballouchy (unassisted) 89

Lineups:

Colorado Rapids –Bouna Condoul (Zach Thornton 58) Facundo Erpen (Jacob Peterson 71) Ugo Ihemelu Mike Petke Brandon Prideaux Terry Cooke Tony Sanneh Mehdi Ballouchy Colin Clark Herculez Gomez (Omar Cummings 86) Jovan Kirovski

Substitutes not used: Jose Cancela Daniel Osorno Nicolas Hernandez Stephen Keel

Los Angeles Galaxy – Joe Cannon Chris Klein Ty Harden (Kyle Veris 80) Abel Xavier Mike Randolph Cobi Jones Kevin Harmse Peter Vagenas Kyle Martino Edson Buddle (Carlos Pavon 64) Alan Gordon (Gavin Glinton 57)

Substitutes not used: Steve Cronin Mike Caso Israel Sesay Josh Tudela

Misconduct Summary:
LA – Harmes (Caution) 16

COL – Kirovski (Caution) 40

COL – Ihemelu (Caution) 66

LA – Veris (Caution) 81

Referee: Ricardo Salazar

Referees Assts.: Jose Corro; Frank Anderson

Fourth Official: Kevin Stott