Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Looking back at Colorado and LA in the CCL

Last night was a rough night for MLS in the CONCACAF Champion's League. Both the LA Galaxy and the Colorado Rapids both fell to Mexican opposition in almost embarrassing fashion.

The Galaxy went up 1-0 over a dominating Morelia side who responded with two unanswered goals. The match was rife with controversy though. Robbie Keane put the Galaxy up in the 52nd minute and the Galaxy sat on it, playing not to lose. Rather than push forward and continue the attack, their anti-soccer approach cost them. In the 82nd minute Josh Saunders, who was stellar for most of the match, let a ball slip through and it appeared to cross the line.


Robbie Keane appeared to restore the lead for the Galaxy late in the match, but a phantom offside call that replays showed to be ridiculous denied LA the lead. Only minutes later in stoppage time Morelia's Miguel Sabah buried a header from a corner kick. Los Angeles was punished for not finishing their chances and for poor marking in the back. Josh Saunders was impressive on the night, despite being left out to dry on multiple occassions. The Galaxy are an incredible team, but when you play the game not to lose, you lose more often than not. Morelia defeated the Galaxy by a score of 2-1. To think that they are satisfied with the result, is appalling.



Colorado was a different story. They did not even show up to their home match against Santos Laguna. The Mexican side embarrased the MLS defending champions by a score of 4-1. The match was a frustrating one to watch for MLS fans. The Rapids looked lazy and outclassed. The home side conceded possession for long stretches and could not seem to generate a sustained attack until after the 80th minute.  There really is little to say of this performance except that it is one to forget. Gary Smith now has his work cut out for him to retain top position in their CCL group. The job just got a whole lot harder.

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