CARSON, CA (BDCi Sports) – The Los Angeles Galaxy started the MLS Western Conference Semi-Finals’ 2-game playoff well with a 1-0 score in front of 24,487 fans at the Stub Hub Center Sunday.
About that Goal
The game was predicted to be defensive, and it was very defensive with only 5 shots on goal recorded COMBINED. The Galaxy had 4 of those 5 shots on goal, breaking a 0-0 tie in the 55th minute. Defender Jelle Van Damme crossed to Giovanni Dos Santos who headed the ball on a bounce past Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard. The goal received some help too from Rapids defender Axel Sjoberg who touched the shot and made it difficult for Howard to block.
Four minutes later, second half Colorado substitute and former U.S. National Team member Jermaine Jones shot the ball from the top of the area, heading for inside the right post. Galaxy goalkeeper Brian Rowe dove to his left, and while in the air batted it away right of the post. That would be the closest Colorado would get to shooting and scoring. The Los Angeles back 4 were as good as the reputable Colorado defense.
The second match of this playoff round moves to Denver, Colorado next Sunday. The team with the most goals in 2 games after that 90 minutes of play will advance to the MLS Western Conference Final round. In that round, they will meet either Seattle or FC Dallas.
Galaxy Coach Bruce Arena is taking it one game at a time and is focused on the match next week in Colorado.
“Everyone knows what the score is so; you can’t hide that fact. We go into a venue that’s difficult. You’re playing in altitude. So I think, typically, you never play the same game there as you do at home because of the environmental conditions. So it will be somewhat different.”