Colorado played a dominant game against the Galaxy on Saturday, with goals from Cole Bassett and Jonathan Lewis. The Rapids were rewarded with three points that move them into sixth place in the west, right in the heart of the playoff race.
The Colorado Rapids snapped the LA Galaxy’s six-game unbeaten run, earning a 2-0 victory Saturday night at Dignity Heath Sports Park to move above the Western Conference playoff line.
Colorado’s opener in the 40th minute was Homegrown through and through, as left back Sam Vines served a deep cross that Cole Bassett tapped home for the 1-0 advantage. Bassett ghosted into the 18-yard box unmarked, easily tapping home the left-footed service.
LA brought on Mexican stars Jonathan dos Santos and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez in the 54th minute to push for an equalizer, but those hopes were dealt a setback in the 75th minute when Julian Araujo was sent off. The right back received his second yellow card in three minutes, reducing the Galaxy to 10 men.
Colorado capitalized on the man advantage, making it 2-0 in the 78th minute through Jonathan Lewis. The US men’s national team winger finished a low Braian Galvan cross at the back post, but was initially called back for offside. After a Video Review, head referee Ted Unkel confirmed the tally.
While LA had bright moments in attack, Colorado generated the highest-quality chances. They could’ve had more, like when David Bingham robbed Andre Shinyashiki in the 65th minute or when Kellyn Acosta hit the post with a long-range curler in the 82nd minute.