Monday, August 15, 2016

Howard Steals Point For Colorado

Another trip to LA, another point won.  Or stolen in this case as LA outplayed Colorado.  A draw was a good result though and with the rest of the leaders also drawing or losing no ground was lost at the top of the table.

General Impressions:
  • The game started quickly as Howard had to make his best save as a Rapid in the 11th minute, stopping Zardes in a 1 v 1 scenario.  Should be Save of the Week.
  • Oddly, despite dominating play, that would be the only on-target shot by the Galaxy in the first half.
  • Meanwhile Colorado would also get one shot on goal in the half, an easy long shot from Miller.
  • Shortly after half Gashi hit a Goal of the Week bomb off an assist from Hairston after a nice run of passing.  My jaw dropped watching it as it came really out of nowhere right after I commented on how boring we were playing.
  • The lead lasted only 10 minutes as Sjoberg got beat to a header off a corner that was headed home (with a slight tap from dos Santos).  Sjoberg didn't even get off the ground really, which is criminal for a 6'7" defender to get beat like that to a header by barely jumping.
  • There were times when this game looked like the Belgium WC game for Howard.  He had to save us far too often.
  • Nigel De Jong is a menace to everyone on the field.  After getting away with hacking down Doyle in the first half with no card he managed to take out his own keeper later in the game.  Good news is that Rowe is doing better today, though I'm sure he;s going through the concussion protocol.
  • Then after that De Jong got a yellow on a borderline red-card tackle of Powers.  That should have been his second yellow of the game.
  • Badji needs to g back to the bench and have Le Toux or Pappa start in his place.
  • Pablo was clearly playing for the draw when the second sub was Gashi for Azira, pushing Powers forward, and then never using his third sub.
  • 5 points in 3 games against LA this season.  Hard to complain about that.
  • One down, four to go on the last tough part of our schedule (more on that later this week).
Man of the Match: Tim Howard.  Games like this is why we're paying him over $2 million a year.

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