DENVER. Colorado Rapids had a surprising win over Los Angeles FC with a 2-0 win with a penalty scored by G. Zardes (17′) and a penalty scored by D. Rubio (28′). Los Angeles FC was vastly superior in terms of ball possession (62%).
The match was played at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Park stadium in Denver on Saturday and it started at 1:30 pm local time. The referee was Ted Unkel who was helped by Kyle Atkins and Jeff Hosking. The 4th official was Jon Freemon. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was hot around 26.8 degrees Celsius or 80.28 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 13%.
Los Angeles FC was in firm control of the ball 62% while Colorado Rapids was struggling with a 38% ball possession.
Colorado Rapids was more aggressive with 24 dangerous attacks and 15 shots of which 8 were on target. Which is one of the reasons Colorado Rapids won the match.
Colorado Rapids shot 15 times, 8 on target, 7 off target. On the other side, Los Angeles FC shot 11 times, 2 on target, 9 off target.
Colorado Rapids received 2 yellow cards (B. Acosta and L. Abubakar). On the opposite side, Los Angeles FC received 3 yellow cards (S. Ibeagha, J. Cifuentes and C. Arango).
After this match, Colorado Rapids will have 12 points like Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers and DC United to move down in the 16th place. On the other side, Los Angeles FC will stay with 23 points to move up in the 2nd place.
G. Zardes (Penalty)
D. Rubio (Penalty)
M. Alves da Silva
Los Angeles FC will host Austin on the 19th of May with a 3-0 head to head statistic in favor of Los Angeles FC (0 draws).
Colorado Rapids: Formation and Lineups
Colorado Rapids started with a 3-4-1-2 line-up (3-4-1-2).
The manager Robin Fraser chose to play with the following team: William Yarbrough , Lalas Abubakar , Danny Wilson , Auston Trusty , Keegan Rosenberry , Bryan Acosta , Mark-Anthony Kaye , Lucas Esteves , Diego Rubio , Gyasi Zardes and Jonathan Lewis .
Colorado Rapids made 5 changes: D. Rubio for J. Price (72′), J. Lewis for M. Barrios (79′), M. Kaye for N. Mezquida (79′), G. Zardes for M. Alves da Silva (89′) and L. Esteves for S. Beitashour (89′).
Top player: Bryan Acosta
The player who no doubt impressed Colorado Rapids the most was Bryan Acosta even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 26 passes (96% accurate) and 4 key passes. He was won 4 duels out of 6. He performed 5 crosses.
Los Angeles FC: Formation and Lineups
Los Angeles FC started with a aggressive line-up (4-3-3).
On the opposite side, Steven Cherundolo played with: John McCarthy , Ryan Hollingshead , Sebastien Ibeagha , Mamadou Fall , Diego Palacios , José Cifuentes , Francisco Ginella , Kellyn Acosta , Carlos Vela , Cristian Arango and Kwadwo Opoku .
Los Angeles FC could not rely on the presence of I. Sanchez (injured).
Los Angeles FC made 4 changes: R. Hollingshead for I. Sanchez (40′), F. Ginella for L. Blessing (64′), J. Cifuentes for D. Musovski (64′) and K. Opoku for C. Jennings (77′).
Top player: Diego Palacios
Probably the most impressive player in Los Angeles FC was Diego Palacios.
His rating iswith 47 passes (87% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 7 duels out of 12. He performed 4 crosses.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Major League Soccer