Commerce City, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Galaxy managed to
collect three points at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, coming from
behind to get a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rapids.
The visitors twice found themselves trailing by two goals only to clinch the
vital victory with three second-half tallies, which helped L.A. bounce back
from a disappointing 4-1 defeat to the Columbus Crew last time out.
The early going belonged to the hosts as Colorado got off the mark in the 14th
minute. Deshorn Brown's shot was parried away by Jaime Penedo but only as far
as Marlon Hairston, who managed to turn in the rebound from a tough angle.
The Rapids doubled their advantage in the 17th minute with Edson Buddle
beating Leonardo to Dillon Powers' corner kick to send a powerful header past
Penedo for his 100th career MLS goal.
The Galaxy, though, wasted little time in getting the goal back as Robbie
Keane answered within three minutes, bagging his 13th goal of the campaign by
nodding Dan Gargan's lofted cross just inside the far post.
But Colorado managed to restore its two-goal lead prior to halftime as Marc
Burch sent a stunning free kick off the underside of the crossbar and into the
back of the net in the 30th minute.
Los Angeles regrouped at halftime and pulled one back in the 55th minute when
Omar Gonzalez was first Landon Donovan's free kick into the box. The United
States international beat Clint Irwin to the delivery and sent a glancing
header into the unguarded net.
Alan Gordon drew the Galaxy level in 68th minute by taking a header from
Gonzalez and tucking home the finish from close range.
The comeback was complete in the 80th minute when Keane slipped a pass into
the path of Donovan's darting run, allowing the Galaxy talisman to get around
Irwin and seal the win with his sixth league goal of the campaign.
Los Angeles (10-5-7) further solidifies fourth place in the Western Conference
as its 37 points brings the club to within two of third-place FC Dallas.
Colorado (8-11-6) has lost its last five league games, conceding 15 goals over