It took until their 12th match of 2019, but the Colorado Rapids have their first win. The club went to SoCal and beat the LA Galaxy 1-0 at Dignity Health Sports Park.
Andre Shinyashiki was the hero late again just like he was on opening weekend, firing a rebound inside the post in the 82nd minute after David Bingham initially made a solid save on Kei Kamara following a terrific counter attack to give the Rapids all three points.
Prior to Shinyashiki's breakthrough, both teams had chances.
Diego Polenta, who started at left back, rattled the post in the 60th minute with a vicious half volley from close range minutes after Kamara pushed a shot from the corner of the six yard box over the crossbar. Later, Giancarlo Gonzalez cleared a Sam Nicholson chip just before it crossed the goal line before Kamara hit the post with a header in the 76th minute.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unavailable due to suspension, though Jonathan dos Santos returned from injury and played 86 minutes. Favio Alvarez made his Galaxy debut as well.
- 82' – COL – Andre Shinyashiki
- THE BIG PICTURE: Losing 1-0 to Colorado won't do much to deter the perception that the Galaxy are overly-reliant on Ibrahimovic, while the Rapids are finally off the mark in the win column.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Shinyashiki!
- MAN OF THE MATCH: It was a vintage Tim Howard performance, as the Rapids' goalkeeper made six saves including a few from close range to give his side a chance at victory.