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LA Galaxy Downed by Colorado Rapids

September 20, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - LA Galaxy News Release

The LA Galaxy fell to the Colorado Rapids Saturday evening at Dignity Health Sports Park Saturday evening.

With the result, the Galaxy are now 4-4-3 on the season with 15 points.

The result marked the first loss in the last seven matches.

In their last seven matches, the LA Galaxy are now 4-1-2.

The LA Galaxy are now 2-2-0 at home this season.

The result also snapped a two-game shutout streak by the LA Galaxy.

LA Galaxy Designated Players Javier Hernandez and Jonathan dos Santos both entered the match as second-half substitutes.

The matches marked the second appearance from Hernandez following an absence while recovering from a calf injury.

In their next match, the LA Galaxy travel to face Real Salt Lake on the road at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6:30 p.m. PT live on Spectrum SportsNet.

Postgame Quotes


On the game:

"I think they played well. They won the game and they deserved to win because they played very well. We never were able to manage the ball as we wanted, as I wanted. We pushed in the start of the second half, during 20-25 minutes we tried, we had an option with Efrain [Alvarez] when he played wide with Chicharito [Hernandez], when [Ethan] Zubak had to shoot a little stronger, or two more options but that is not enough to tie the game. After the red card, the other team managed the ball again very well, they took advantage of being a man up, they finished the game playing really good and they deserved to win. That is the truth. I don't know if it was offsite or not, it's not very clear in the image you could see from the TV, it's not clear. The red card is not clear. It's not clear if before the second goal [Andre] Shinyashiki pushed [Daniel] Steres a little bit. I don't know if the ref checked it, or just checked the offside, but Colorado deserved to win today, and they won three very important points for them."

On whether the offense was indecisive and hesitant:

"Yes because in the first half, every time we had the ball we tried to play long ball to [Ethan] Zubak or to [Cristian] Pavon. We never tried to build up and that was the problem. In the second half, when you are losing you get smaller spaces and we never were able to open the Colorado defense to get good options. We just tried to push but we didn't play well."

On whether he knows why Julian Araujo got the red card:

"The ref said something, but I think he is wrong, because I know Araujo and I know the kind of person that he is, and maybe he said something to the air and not to him. But okay. We need to check in every game, if every ref will do the same even with big names, even with big names."

On Chicharito's and Jonathan dos Santos' play tonight:

"Today, they came on during a game we were losing, and maybe when you are losing maybe the spaces are smaller and we never were able to get a good connection, sometimes but not as I wanted, not as we are able to do so. And then we never got really good options to tie the game. But I have a lot of confidence, not just about them, I have confidence on the team. We had come from winning four in the last five games. I have to be confident with them that we can get [back on the winning ways] again and try to win in Salt Lake."

On tired legs and whether he expects to rotate the team:

"We will check. We will check how everyone is tomorrow, and on Monday and then we'll decide Tuesday. Obviously, we'll need people to be fresh before the game against Salt Lake because we need to win and for that we need everyone to be 100 percent. But we will check. I am not worried about that, I think we lost because Colorado played well, they played better than us. We now have them game in Salt Lake and we need to try to win."


On if the defense was under additional pressure tonight:

"They played well. They played well in the first half. They moved the ball well. We put pressure on them and they had a bunch of chances. I think we gave it to them way too much today. We would win the ball, whether it was in their half or our, and within one or two passes, we would lose the ball and it was right down our throats again. So I think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot and created our own problems there. Second half, a little different, obviously, they had chances after the red card. And they get the second goal... No excuses on how we played. That first goal we have to do better altogether."

On how the team rebounds and if the team ran out of gas:

"It's fair to say we ran out of gas, but there's no way that should be possible. This team we played tonight played on Wednesday, so we should have been the fresher team. We didn't look it and we didn't create the opportunity for us to be fresher and move the ball and it almost worked the other way; we probably did more running in that first half and it killed us. We're upset, not happy. We didn't play well tonight. And yes we're going to be tired for Wednesday; we have to get ready for it, but we have a chance to bounce back and get back to how we were playing before. We've got two more games to do that this week."

On if the team underestimated Colorado:

"No. Not at all. I don't think we came in cocky at all. We knew they were a good team. They've played well. They have had some results that didn't go their way, but we've seen them play and we know what they offer. I don't think we took them lightly; I think we didn't play well. We were unorganized from the start, didn't get things right and we lost too many balls whether it was trying to go forward too quickly at times or trying to take guys on in the wrong spots... I think we let ourselves get a little out of shape. I think we still know what we can do as a team, we know how we can play and we've got to get back to that now. This game wasn't good, obviously, and last game wasn't our best. So we need to stop this now and get back to how we were."


On winning streak and today's game:

"The run had to come to end at some point. I just think it wasn't a great game for us tonight. I think we defended alright, but we were defending too much because we weren't good enough on the ball. I thought we turned it over way too much. You can't expect the team to defend, emergency defending when we're losing the ball in transition for the better part of the game. That is very difficult to do and they took advantage of it."

On a positive take looking ahead for next games:

"Those games are coming quick. Which I think could be a good thing for us to get back on our feet. Get some more good results. Tonight, I think we have to move past it. I don't think there was too much that went right for us, so we just have to move past it and understand we just have to be better on Wednesday."

On if there was indecision on offense:

"A bit so. Like I said, going forward we didn't make very good decisions and they caught us in transition because it's tough to emergency defend. To defend in transition when we are losing the ball in bad spots time and time again, it really tires out the team and it and it tough to get any momentum going. I think it wasn't just the guys up front it was everyone we weren't sharp enough getting our lines up again ultimately paid the price and it wasn't good enough from us."

On results and level of the Galaxy:

"Like I said, we weren't good enough with the ball going forward we lost the ball in bad spots and again, it's tough to defend when we are losing the ball in bad spots over and over. We're having to shift 50 yards having to run back back 60 yards emergency defending, that's difficult to do. Of course, you expect that you are going to have to do that a few times a game, but we were doing it way too often tonight and ultimately that gave them momentum, and it's a credit to them. But we just weren't sharp tonight."

Postgame Notes

Scoring Summary:

COL - Cole Bassett (Assisted by Sam Vines) 40'

COL - Jonathan Lewis (Assisted by Braian Galván, Andre Shinyashiki) 78'

Misconduct Summary:

LA - Nick DePuy (caution) 62'

LA - Julian Araujo (caution) 71'

LA - Julian Araujo (second caution; ejection) 74'

LA - Daniel Steres (caution) 90'+6


LA Galaxy:

David Bingham; Emiliano Insua, Daniel Steres ©, Nick DePuy, Julian Araujo, Perry Kitchen (Jonathan dos Santos 54'), Joe Corona (Giancarlo Gonzalez 80'), Sebastian Lletget, Efrain Alvarez (Emil Cuello 73'), Cristian Pavon, Ethan Zubak (Javier Hernandez 54').

Substitutions not used: Sacha Kljestan, Diedie Traore, Gordon Wild, Jonathan Klinsmann. Cameron Dunbar.


Head Coach: Guillermo Barros Schelotto

Colorado Rapids:

William Yarbrough, Keegan Rosenberry, Danny Wilson (Auston Trusty 57'), Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Kellyn Acosta, Jack Price ©, Younes Namil (Braian Galvan 60'), Cole Bassett, Jonathan Lewis (Nicolas Benezet 82'), Andre Shinyashiki (Nicolas Mezquida 83')

Substitutions not used: Clint Irwin, Drew Moor, Diego Rubio, Jeremy Kelly, Collen Warner.


Head Coach: Robin Fraser

Referee: Ted Unkel

Assistant Referees: Jeremy Hanson, Nick Balcer

Fourth Official: Michael Radchuk

Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo Salazar, Kathryn Nesbitt

Attendance: --

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