Carson, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Galaxy will shoot to continue
their fine run of form on Saturday when the club welcomes the Colorado Rapids
to the StubHub Center.
Heading into Saturday's tilt, the Galaxy are riding an impressive five-match
unbeaten run across all competitions, including a two-match winning streak in
Last time out, the two-time defending champions easily handled the in-state
rival San Jose Earthquakes by a 3-0 score at home.
Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane were too much to handle for San Jose as
Donovan opened the scoring for the Galaxy in the 26th minute when he ran onto
a feed from Keane, rounded the goalkeeper and slid it into the empty net for
his 132nd career MLS goal.
Keane made it 2-0 for the hosts in the 43rd minute when he smashed home a
penalty kick after Gyasi Zardes was dragged down in the penalty area by San
Jose's Steven Beitashour.
The Irishman then completed his brace in the 67th minute when he volleyed it
past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch on the bounce to finish off a result that
was rarely in question.
"I think our team played well tonight," Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena said.
"San Jose played real hard in the first half, came out hard. The first goal
was very important. I think they threw a lot into the game in the first half.
You can see in the second half they lost their legs a little bit. Our team
played well. It was a game winner. As the game went on, our passing improved.
I thought we scored some good goals. Overall, a good performance. A good team
Colorado, meanwhile, is in need of a bounce-back performance after a 2-1 loss
to Sporting Kansas City last week which saw the club's nine-match unbeaten run
come to an end.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Benny Feilhaber connected
on a strike from distance, but Colorado equalized in the 77th minute through
Edson Buddle to set up a frantic final 13 minutes of play.
But Graham Zusi found the back of the net two minutes from time to send the
Rapids to defeat.
"We're fighting. We have a tough schedule. We're fighting for points every
week," said Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja. "We hadn't lost a game in nine
games and today, in the last three minutes we gave away a really important
point. I can't let this change our momentum and affect the team. The team is
solid, we're good."
Buddle, whose goal was his second in as many matches for Colorado, will face
his former team on Saturday:
"It's a special game for me because I loved playing in L.A. before I was even
on L.A.," Buddle said. "I'm looking forward to playing against them."
Last time the two clubs met, Hendry Thomas and Dillon Powers scored as the
Rapids claimed a 2-0 result over Los Angeles on July 27.
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