Rapids Keep LA Winless All-Time at Dick's Sporting Goods Park With 1-1 Draw

COMMERCE CITY COLO. (Saturday April 25 2009) – The Colorado Rapids moved their all-time record against the LA Galaxy at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to 3-0-1 with a 1-1 draw Saturday night.
Colorado held a 1-0 lead till the 82nd minute when Landon Donovan evened the result scoring the Galaxy’s first-ever goal for Los Angeles in the three-year history of Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
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These two teams have become very familiar with each other playing for the third time this month after two regular season matches and a U.S. Open Cup play-in match.
The first half saw both teams looking to find a rhythm and control of the match. The Galaxy applied the earlier pressure on goal out-shooting the Rapids 7-to-2 in the first 45 minutes of play as the team went into the break locked at 0-0.
In the 44th minute Nick LaBrocca entered the match for Kosuke Kimura after the defender’s collision with Preston Burpo off an LA corner kick left him feeling a bit hazy. Kimura lay on the field for a moment but was able to jog off unassisted. LaBrocca would finish the game playing in the back four marking the first time this season he assumed that role.
The Rapids tallied their lone goal of the night in the 60th minute from the left leg of Colin Clark. Clark’s first goal of the season was set up by Omar Cummings and Mehdi Ballouchy. He created the scoring opportunity after creatively turning back inside to elude the defender and bury the ball in the back of the net just beyond the diving reach of goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts.
The Rapids were not able to secure their first shutout victory of the season as the Galaxy scored their equalizer in the 82nd minute. Burpo made a great save on an Edson Buddle shot right down the middle to the penalty area and the rebound deflected straight to Chris Klein. Klein fired the ball back across the goal and Donovan redirected it to the back of the net.
The Rapids will play the second match in their first back-to-back home games of the season next weekend when they host their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals Real Salt Lake this coming Saturday May 2 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 7:30 pm.
AT&T Man of the Match: Colin Clark
Scoring Summary:
COL: Clark (Cummings Ballouchy) 60
LA: Donovan (Klein) 82
LA Galaxy:
Donovan Ricketts Todd Dunivant Omar Gonzalez Eddie Lewis Chris Klein (Bryan Jordan 88) Dema Kovalenko (Edson Buddle 69) Landon Donovan Stefani Miglioranzi Gregg Berhalter Alan Gordon (Jovan Kirovski 80) an Franklin
Substitutes Not Used: Josh Saunders Josh Tudela A.J. DeLaGarza Tony Sanneh
Colorado Rapids: Preston Burpo Jordan Harvey Ugo Ihemelu Mehdi Ballouchy Conor Casey Terry Cooke (Jacob Peterson 72) Omar Cummings Colin Clark Pablo Mastroeni Kosuke Kimura (Nick LaBrocca 44) Scott Palguta
Substitutes Not Used: Matt Pickens Ivan Guerrero Ross Schunk Michael Holody Greg Dalby
Misconduct Summary:
Referee: Alex Prus
Referee's Assistants: Paul Scott Peter Balciunas
Fourth Official: Ben Chouaf
Attendance: 12180