Coming off a loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy, the Colorado Rapids remain near the bottom of Major League Soccer's Western Conference, right behind their upcoming opponents Chivas USA. Both have three wins, four losses, and no ties, leaving them even with nine points. The full standings are:
Chivas is ranked above the Rapids because of a better goal differential and a better W-L record in their last 5, 3-2 to Colorado's 1-4. A direct victory over Chivas would change that, and the Rapids have a chance at just that Saturday, April 28th at 9:00 pm EST. The two teams last met in August of last year, settling for a 2-2 tie.
The Colorado Rapids (3-4-0, 9 pts) could not overcome their early two-goal deficit on Saturday, falling 2-1 to the L.A. Galaxy (3-3-0, 9 pts).
Both M David Beckham and F Landon Donovan made it into the lineup for the star-studded Galaxy, but it was D Marvell Wynne who scored the first goal for Los Angeles. The Rapids defenseman found himself in the wrong place when Beckham chipped his penalty kick to M Mike McGee, who fired a header that Wynne knocked into his own goal.
With a 1-0 lead, the Rapids then allowed US superstar Landon Donovan to bolt past a line of defenders for an easy shot on G Matt Pickens to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead. The Rapids fought back, getting a goal from Omar Cummings (63') and then earning a key penalty shot in extra minutes, but a diving save from G Josh Saunders sealed the Galaxy victory: