LA Galaxy 2, Colorado Rapids 3
April 4, 2009
The Home Depot Center – Carson, Calif.
COL – Conor Casey 1 (Omar Cummings 1, Ugo Ihemelu 1) 1’
LA – Omar Gonzalez 1 (Landon Donovan 1) 37’
LA – Alan Gordon 1 (Landon Donovan 2, Sean Franklin 1) 48’
COL – Conor Casey 2 (Omar Cummings 2) 49’
COL – Conor Casey 3 (Colin Clark 2) 84’
COL – Cory Gibbs (Yellow Card) 46+
LA – Dema Kovalenko (Red Card) 59’
COL – Conor Casey (Yellow Card) 63’
COL – Mehdi Ballouchy (Yellow Card) 66’
LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders, Eddie Lewis (A.J. DeLaGarza 77’), Tony Sanneh, Omar Gonzalez, Sean Franklin, Josh Tudela, Dema Kovalenko (Sent Off 59’), Kyle Patterson (Stefani Miglioranzi 62’), Chris Klein, Alan Gordon (Bryan Jordan 82’), Landon Donovan©.
Subs Not Used: Miguel Benetiz, Yohance Marshall, Gregg Berhalter, Jovan Kirovski.
Colorado Rapids: Preston Burpo, Kosuke Kimura, Cory Gibbs (Ty Harden 88’), Ugo Ihemelu, Jordan Harvey, Pablo Mastroeni© (Terry Cooke 68’), Nick LaBrocca, Mehdi Ballouchy (Jacob Peterson 80’), Colin Clark, Conor Casey, Omar Cummings.
Subs Not Used: Steward Ceus, Greg Dalby, Ivan Guerrero, Ross Schunk.
· With the loss, the Galaxy are now 0-1-1 on the season, leaving them with one point. They are remain tied for sixth place in the Western Conference with Houston, eight points behind the leaders Seattle, who have nine points from three games this year.
· Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena made three changes to his lineup from the season opener on March 22. Eddie Lewis returned from injury to play left back in place of A.J. DeLaGarza, Kyle Patterson started on the left side of midfield, replacing Mike Magee and Alan Gordon started up front in place of Jovan Kirovski. Both DeLaGarza and Kirovski were on the bench, while Magee missed the game through injury.
· Joining Magee in missing the game through injury were Edson Buddle, Todd Dunivant and Donovan Ricketts.
· Conor Casey’s goal came after just 16 seconds, making it the fastest goal ever allowed by the Galaxy. Prior to tonight, the fastest goal allowed by LA came on June 7, 1998 when New England’s Johnny Torres scored just 32 seconds into a 5-1 Galaxy win at the Rose Bowl.
· Omar Gonzalez’s goal in the 37th minute was the first of his MLS career.
· Gonzlaez is the third different Galaxy rookie to score his first career goal against the Rapids in the last three games between the two clubs. Ely Allen scored his first goal as a pro in a 3-2 win over Colorado on June 7, 2008 and Brandon McDonald scored his first goal as a pro for the Galaxy against Colorado on October 12, 2008.
· Alan Gordon scored his first goal of the season in the 48th minute.
· Sean Franklin assisted on Gordon’s goal for his first assist of the season and the second of his MLS career. Both assists have come at home against the Rapids.
· Landon Donovan assisted on both Galaxy goals for his first multi-assist game since May 18, 2008 in a 5-1 win over FC Dallas.
· The Galaxy now have four goals on the season, with Donovan involved in all four. He scored both goals in the season opener against D.C. United and assisted on both goals today.
· Conor Casey’s hat trick was the first allowed by the Galaxy since September 4, 2004 when Ross Paule scored three times in a 3-1 Columbus win over LA. Casey, Paul and Mamadou Diallo are the only three players in MLS history to have registered a hat trick against the Galaxy, with Diallo twice scoring four goals in a game against LA.
· Dema Kovalenko became the first Galaxy player to be sent off this season when he was shown a red card in the 59th minute. The red card, the sixth of his MLS career, forced LA to play with 10 men for the final 31 minutes of the game and means Kovalenko is suspended for the Galaxy’s game against Chivas USA on April 11. Kovalenko is also suspended for Tuesday’s Open Cup Play-In Game against Colorado after being shown a red card in his last Open Cup game, a loss to Columbus last year when he played for Real Salt Lake.
· Kyle Patterson made the first start of his MLS career, playing on the left side of midfield.
· Stefani Miglioranzi made his 2009 debut, coming on in the 62nd minute for Patterson.
· Neither goalkeeper made a save in the match, making this just the second time in MLS history that neither team recorded a save. The only other time it happened was on May 18, 2005 when Real Salt Lake beat Chivas USA 2-0.
· The attendance for today’s game was 16,709.
· The Galaxy are back in action on Tuesday night in a U.S. Open Cup Play-In Game against the Rapids. They then return to MLS action on Saturday night in the first Honda SuperClasico of the year against Chivas USA in a game that will be shown live on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m.
· For more about this afternoon’s game, please visit www.lagalaxy.com.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
LA Galaxy 2, Colorado Rapids 3