Peterson and Coundoul Notch Firsts as Rapids Defeat Galaxy 1-0 on the Road

CARSON CA (Saturday May 20 2006)- The Colorado Rapids defeated the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 tonight behind rookie forward Jacob Peterson's first career goal and Bouna Coundoul's first career shutout at The Home Depot Center.

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Rapids goalkeeper Bouna Coundoul who came in as a substitute for an injured Joe Cannon during last week's 1-0 loss to Columbus made his first professional start in MLS against LA and had a stellar showing for the visiting team tonight.

Former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka showcased his international experience in the 5th minute when he cut off a Galaxy attack in a two-on-one situation. The Basque defender positioned himself well between two attacking players and stole a cross that was sent into the heart of the Rapids' penalty area.

The Rapids came close to getting on the scoreboard first in the 13th minute when Eric Denton dribbled past one Galaxy defender on the right side before sending a low cross to the top of the Los Angeles box. Jovan Kirovski met the cross controlled it and fired a hard low shot but his effort went just inches wide.

The Rapids got on the board first when Jacob Peterson scored his first MLS career goal on a quick play inside the Galaxy penalty area. The former United States Under-20 National Team player who was starting in only his second game as a professional received a through pass from Denton and unleashed a quick but perfectly-placed shot that beat the Galaxy goalkeeper to his left post in the 15th minute.

The Rapids controlled the game for much of the first half but were unable to increase their lead and the teams went into the locker rooms with the score 1-0 to the visitors at halftime.

Coundoul came up big for the Rapids in the 54th minute when he denied a close range shot from Kyle Martino. The former Columbus player received a quick pass that left him alone against Condoul but his powerful shot was deflected by the Rapids' goalkeeper.

In the final minutes of the game Coundoul continued his impressive display between the pipes showcasing his high level of athleticism by denying several Galaxy attacks to assure his first clean sheet.

Next up in league play the Rapids will continue their three-game road trip next Saturday May 27 when they visit their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake in the first Rocky Mountain Cup match of 2006 at 2:00 p.m. (MT) at Rice Eccles Stadium which will televised live on ESPN-2.

Scoring Summary:
COL -- Jacob Peterson 1 (Eric Denton 1) 14


Colorado Rapids -- Bouna Coundoul Hunter Freeman Aitor Karanka Mike Petke Eric Denton Terry Cooke Kyle Beckerman Nicolas Hernandez (Chris Wingert 78) Dedi Ben-Dayan (Thiago Martins 46) Jovan Kirovski Jacob Peterson (Dan Gargan 64).
Substitutes Not Used: Peter Dzubay Luchi Gonzalez Clint Mathis Fabrice Noel

Los Angeles Galaxy -- Steve Cronin Ugo Ihemelu Tyrone Marshall Kyle Veris Todd Dunivant (Alan Gordon 65) Marcelo Saragosa (Herculez Gomez 46) Peter Vagenas Paulo Nagamura Cobi Jones John Wolyniec Kyle Martino.
Substitutes Not Used: Marc Burch Thiago Michael Enfield Kevin Hartman Nathan Sturgis

Misconduct Summary:
COL -- Aitor Karanka (caution; Reckless Foul) 1
LA -- Kyle Veris (caution; Pushing Holding) 7
COL -- Jacob Peterson (caution; Pushing Holding) 29
COL -- Jovan Kirovski (caution; Delaying a Restart) 32

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee's Assistants: Steven Davidson Corey Rockwell
4th official: Ramon Hernandez
time of game: 1:53
attendance: 19713
weather: Partly Cloudy and 71 degrees