Rapids Defeat Galaxy For Third Straight Time
DENVER (Saturday Aug. 12 2006) – The Colorado Rapids beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 for the third time this season behind a Nicolas Hernandez goal. Niko's 6th tally of the season puts him into the #1 spot on the Rapids' goalscoring chart.
(To view video highlights from this match CLICK HERE).
In the first ten minutes of the first half the Rapids had some quality chances as Daniel Wasson had a header saved by Kevin Hartman and Thiago Martins had a shot go just wide of the LA goal.
The Rapids had the first excellent scoring chance of the game in the sixth minute when Thiago Martins made a run into the box. The Brazilian cut the ball back to a waiting Jovan Kirovski but the LA defense slid in front of the forward and put the ball out for a corner.
Joe Cannon made his first save of the game in the 36th minute. The hero of the 2006 Sierra Mist All-Star game tipped an acute-angled shot over the crossbar.
The Rapids took the lead in the 41st minute as Nicolas Hernandez struck for his team-high sixth goal. Martins hustled to earn a turnover deep in the Galaxy end to spring the Rapids attack. He then found Kyle Beckerman making a run down the left side and played him behind the defense. Beckerman put a low ball across the face of goal that a streaking Hernandez powered into the net.
Cannon preserved his fourth shutout of the season in the 90th minute with a diving save on a close shot by Landon Donovan sending the visitors home dejected and the Rapids faithful into celebrations.
The Rapids next take to the pitch as they take on D.C. United on ESPN-2 this Saturday Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. (MDT).
Colorado Rapids Man of the Match: Thiago Martins
COL – Hernandez (Beckerman Martins) 41
LINEUPS: Colorado Rapids – Joe Cannon Hunter Freeman Pablo Mastroeni Aitor Karanka Dan Gargan Jacob Peterson Daniel Wasson Kyle Beckerman Nicolas Hernandez Jovan Kirovski (Luchi Gonzalez 89) Thiago Martins (Fabrice Noel 75)
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Jordan Colin Clark Jordan Harvey Stephen Keel Clint Mathis
Los Angeles Galaxy – Kevin Hartman Chris Albright Ugo Ihemelu Troy Roberts Ante Jazic Quavas Kirk (Alan Gordon 71) Paulo Nagamura Peter Vagenas Cobi Jones (Kyle Martino 63) Landon Donovan Herculez Gomez (Santino Quaranta 57)
Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin Josh Gardner Kyle Veris John Wolyniec
COL – Mastroeni (Caution) 26
LA – Donovan (Caution) 64
Referee: Tim Weyland
Referee's Assts: Kermit Quisenberry Sean Hurd
4th Official: Ben Chouaf