Colorado Rapids at L.A. Galaxy Round Two: Keys To Win Analysis

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The Colorado Rapids continued to have a strong offense.

How can anyone say the Colorado Rapids offense was anything less than spectacular.  Could it have been better?  Maybe.  But the Rapids offense was exciting and matched the L.A. Galaxy step for step.  The offense should have won the Colorado Rapids this game.

The Colorado Rapids scored two more goals.  That makes six in three games.  I think the Rapids could have scored more too.  Credit must be given to Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham as he saved two goals that looked like almost sure things.  

Even though Dillon Serna couldn’t get his shot past David Bingham the important thing the offense did right was to keep shooting.  The Rapids did only rack up 10 shots all game but four of those shots were on target.  That did lead to two goals. That was enough for the draw.

I would have liked to see more aggressive play.  The Colorado Rapids did keep possession of the ball 60.4% of the match so logic would suggest that the Rapids would have more shots than their opponents.  This wasn’t the case as the Galaxy had 13 shots.  Maybe if the Rapids were taking shots more often during their possession time they would have kicked one more in and won the game.

I don’t want to dwell too much on what could have been with the Colorado Rapids offense in this game.  The Rapids pulled off the draw in spectacular fashion as has been the case with the last two matches as well except they ended in wins.  The Rapids kicked in the final equalizing goal with around only 8 minutes left in regulation time thanks to Niki Jackson’s heroics. 

This offense could have and should have won this match.  One more shot making it past the Galaxy goalkeeper is sometimes something that just doesn’t happen when you want it to.