The Galaxy opened the scoring in the 6th minute when the Rapids' defense was unable to clear a through ball inside their own penalty area. The ball was collected by Hercules Gomez who unleashed a powerful right shot that beat Joe Cannon to his upper right corner from six yards out.
The Black and Blue went down a man in the 21st minute when Nat Borchers saw his second yellow card of the match. Borchers who was the only field player for the Rapids to have started in and played every minute of all of the Black and Blue’s 25 regular season games will miss next weekend’s match against DC United.
The Galaxy added a second goal in the 24th minute when a cross from Cobi Jones was met inside of the Rapids penalty area by an onrushing Landon Donovan. The US National Team forward beat his defender to the ball with a diving header that was strong enough to also beat Cannon to his near post.
Midfielder Kyle Beckerman netted the only goal of the night for the Rapids just a couple of moments after Ned Grabavoy missed an open net opportunity for the home team. Beckerman collected a rebound at the top of the Galaxy’s penalty area in the 48th minute and unleashed a powerful shot that beat Kevin Hartman to his right post. This was Beckerman’s first goal of the 2005 season and his third career strike during his six years in Major League Soccer.
The home team made the score 3-1 in the 66th minute when Grabavoy sent a through ball on a quick breakaway leaving Gomez on a one-on-one situation against Cannon. The Galaxy forward beat Cannon with a swift touch to the right post scoring his personal seventh goal of the season.
A quick turn by rookie Fabrice Nöel in the 81st minute created one of the Rapids’ most dangerous opportunities of the second half. Nöel received a lofted pass from Terry Cooke that forced Hartman off his line inside of the penalty area. The Haitian youth international made a quick turn from his left to his right before unleashing a shot past Hartman but saw his attempt cleared off the goalline by Galaxy defender Tyrone Marshall.
L.A. Galaxy substitute Joseph Ngwenya was brought down by Eric Denton inside of the Rapids penalty area in the 87th minute setting up a penalty kick. Guillermo Ramirez's shot hit the right post of Cannon’s goal but the rebound bounced off the Rapids goalkeeper’s back and into the open net for the Galaxy’s fourth goal of the night.
The Rapids will continue their two game road trip next Saturday September 17th when they travel to the nation’s capital to take on D.C. United at RFK Stadium at 5:30 p.m. (MT) live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.
Colorado Rapids (9-12-4) vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (11-11-5)
September 10 2005 -- The Home Depot Center
LA -- Herculez Gomez 6 (unassisted) 7
LA -- Landon Donovan 11 (Chris Albright 2 Cobi Jones 6) 24
COL -- Kyle Beckerman 1 (unassisted) 48
LA -- Herculez Gomez 7 (Ned Grabavoy 2) 66
LA -- Guillermo Ramirez 1 (penalty kick) 87
Colorado Rapids -- Joe Cannon Hunter Freeman (Fabrice Noel 73) Nat Borchers Mike Petke Ritchie Kotschau Kyle Beckerman Dan Gargan Eric Denton David Ben-Dayan (Pablo Mastroeni 30) Luchi Gonzalez (Jeff Cunningham 46) Terry Cooke.
Substitutes Not Used: Byron Foss Ricky Lewis
Los Angeles Galaxy -- Kevin Hartman Chris Albright (Troy Roberts 69) Pablo Chinchilla Tyrone Marshall Todd Dunivant Cobi Jones Jovan Kirovski (Guillermo Ramirez 61) Peter Vagenas Ned Grabavoy (Joseph Ngwenya 84) Herculez Gomez Landon Donovan.
Substitutes Not Used: Steve Cronin Ednaldo da Conceicao Michael Enfield Alan Gordon Ugo Ihemelu Michael Umana
COL -- Nat Borchers (caution; Professional Foul) 5
COL -- Nat Borchers (caution & ejection; Professional Foul) 21
LA -- Herculez Gomez (caution; Game Disrepute) 66
Referee: Brian Hall
Referee's Assistants: Craig Lowry; Fabio Tovar
4th official: Kari Seitz
Time of game: 1:49
Weather: Partly Cloudy and 69 degrees