In the fifth minute Cooke put in a dangerous cross from the end line. Conor Casey and Joe Cannon both went up for the ball in the goal box and crashed to the ground but it was Cannon who steered the ball out of the area.
Denver South HS grad Casey put the Rapids ahead in the 26th minute with his first goal of the season. Casey took a pass from Jovan Kirovski into the penalty area where he deftly cut it back in front of Kyle Veris and Cannon to then rip a left-footed shot between two Galaxy defenders and into the net.
In a day of first goals Colin Clark doubled
The Rapids found the back of the net once more in the 43rd minute. Another Cooke corner went flying into the box just missing the head of Facundo Erpen. The ball fell through the Galaxy defense and to the feet of Mike Petke on the far post. The central defender wasted no time in putting a left-footed blast into the bottom right corner of the net for his first goal of the season.
After failing to get a shot on goal in the first half L.A. managed one in the second half when Bouna Condoul was put to work on a rare occasion in the 78th minute as Alan Gordon ran onto a through ball that put him one-on-one with the ‘keeper. The forward proved to be no trouble for the Rapids’ Senegalese goalie who charged at Gordon confidently and blocked the shot with his body.
Condoul’s strong effort to preserve his clean sheet was the only clear-cut opportunity of the second half for either team until the 89th minute. Cooke played a through ball to Herculez Gomez who beat the defense but not Cannon as the former Rapids goalkeeper made a spectacular fingertip save on a powerful shot by Gomez.
Your Colorado Rapids return to action this coming Sunday September 2 when they travel to
Colorado Rapids –Bouna Condoul Facundo Erpen Ugo Ihemelu (Tony Sanneh 57) Mike Petke Brandon Prideaux Terry Cooke Mehdi Ballouchy (Herculez Gomez 57) Pablo Mastroeni Colin Clark (Daniel Osorno 82) Conor Casey Jovan Kirovski
Substitutes not used: Zach Thornton Omar Cummings Nicolas Hernadez Jacob Peterson
Los Angeles Galaxy – Joe Thornton Chris Klein Troy Roberts Kyle Veris Mike Randolph Gavin Glonton Kyle Martino (Cobi Jones 66) Mike Caso (Peter Vagenas 45) Josh Tudela Edson Buddle (Quavas Kirk 45) Alan Gordon
Substitutes not used: Steve Cronin Carlos Pavon
LA – Veris (Caution) 11
CO – Mastroeni (Caution) 50
Referee: Brian Hall
Referees Assts.: Paul Scott Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Matt Grove