The Rapids are now two points behind
The game-winning goal from LA's Brandon McDonald may well be the MLS goal of the week. The rookie’s first MLS goal came in the 80th minute when he drove a 35-yard shot just past Preston Burpo’s outstretched arms and into the goal to give the Galaxy a 3-1 lead.
Tom McManus converted a penalty kick eight minutes later to bring
The Galaxy went ahead first when Edson Buddle scored to Burpo’s left in the 36th minute.
Cory Gibbs scored his first MLS goal in 30 games when he headed in a Terry Cooke corner kick from a difficult angle two minutes before halftime.
An Ugo Ihemelu own-goal gave the Galaxy the lead for good in the 70th minute when an Eddie Lewis free kick bounced off his chest and into an open net.
LA- Buddle (Franklin) 36
COL- Gibbs (Cooke) 43
LA- McDonald (Pires) 80
COL- McManus (penalty kick) 88
Colorado Rapids – Preston Burpo Kosuke Kimura Cory Gibbs Ugo Ihemelu Jordan Harvey (Mike Petke 84) Terry Cooke (Jose Burciaga Jr. 78) Pablo Mastroeni Nick LaBrocca (Jacob Peterson 78) Mehdi Ballouchy Colin Clark Tom McManus
Substitutes not used: Mike Graczyk Nico Colaluca Greg Dalby John DiRaimondo
LA Galaxy – Josh Saunders Sean Franklin Troy Roberts Greg Vanney Chris Klein Joe Franchino (Alvaro Pires 79) Bryan Jordan Peter Vagenas (Brandon McDonald 38) Eddie Lewis Edson Buddle Alan Gordon (Landon Donovan 63)
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Wicks Mike
LA- Franchino (Caution) 58
COL- Gibbs (Caution) 7
LA- Lewis (Caution) 74
Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referees Assts.: Frank Anderson; Fabio Tovar
Fourth Official: Miguel Chicas