LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arenas concedes his side were second best against the Rapids on Saturday.
LA Galaxy were thoroughly beaten on Saturday by the Colorado Rapids two goals to nil, in a game which showed very little promise from a Galaxy side who have been struggling to get up to top gear all season.
Their impotence throughout the midfield and in the final third was obvious even to head coach Bruce Arena, who made no excuses for his side’s defeat: “They physically manhandled us,” Arena told MLSSoccer.com, “They won the battles most of the day. It was a really poor goal for us to give up at the end of the first half. It was a big play and, obviously, not a good way to start the second half by letting them create the second goal. Overall, we deserved to get beat.”
Hendry Thomas rose to nod home the opener for the Rapids on the 41 minute mark, drifting into the box unmarked to convert his side’s corner kick.
As if that sucker-punch just before half time wasn’t enough, the Galaxy had any remaining wind taken out of their sails courtesy of a brilliantly worked Dillon Powers goal. Galaxy ‘keeper Carlo Cudicini would have felt safe enough after clearing a through-ball downfield, only for the Rapids to quickly work it from back to front, the counter-attack culminating in a cool finish from Powers.