LA Galaxy @ Colorado Rapids
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
Kick-off: 4:00 p.m
Viewing Party: The Olde Ship
On Sunday the LA Galaxy hit the road for the second-to-last time this season. With only four games remaining and despite having a spot in the playoffs secured, all games are “must-wins” for LA, currently in second place in the Western Conference. The Galaxy will face the Rapids for the third and final time in 2012, and are looking to go a perfect three for three against Colorado.
This past weekend the Galaxy clinched a playoff spot with the 4-2 victory over Toronto FC. Continuing their great forms, Juninho and Robbie Keane each had a brace, getting to 7 and 14 goals, respectively. The defense gave up 2 goals, breaking the streak of 490+ minutes without conceding. Both goals given up were a bit unfortunate, finding their way into the goal after deflections.
The Rapids will be desperately looking for a win and nothing less on Sunday, otherwise they won’t be making the playoffs this year. With 30 points in 30 games, Colorado is 8 points behind Vancouver, who currently holds the last playoffs spot. The Rapids’ remaining games are against San Jose, Chivas USA, and the Houston Dynamo.
The Galaxy will be looking to stretch the unbeaten run to ten games in all competitions this weekend. The return of David Beckham is a possibility, as he has returned to full training with the team. Beckham missed the past three games nursing an ankle injury. Defender AJ DeLaGarza and midfielder Marcelo Sarvas are still on warning, meaning a yellow card to will see them suspended for the Galaxy’s next game, which happens to be against Real Salt Lake.
49 points, 54 GF, 42 GA
15-11-4, 2nd in Western Conference
Home Record: 9-5-1
Away Record: 6-6-3
30 points, 38 GF, 45 GA
9-18-3, 7th in Western Conference
Home Record: 7-5-2
Away Record: 2-13-1
THIS IS LA!