THE HOME DEPOT CENTER
7 pm PT (HDNet)
Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time ever at their Home Depot Center home - albeit over a six-week span - the Los Angeles Galaxy now entertain the Colorado Rapids in a real six-pointer in the Western Conference. The teams are separated by just four points in the West table - and the Rapids, unbeaten in their last five games, hold two matches in hand. Home form has ruled the season series this year; the Rapids won both games in Denver, while the Galaxy won the first meeting in Carson as three penalties were called in the game's final five minutes.
REFEREE: Brian Hall. SAR (bench): Craig Lowry; JAR (opposite): Fabio Tovar; 4th: Kari Seitz
MLS Career: 98 games; FC/gm: 29.5; Y/gm: 3.3; R: 26; pens: 30
Games involving Galaxy: P13 W10 L2 T1; FC/gm: 28.7; Y/gm: 3.5; R: 3; pens: 2
Games involving Rapids: P13 W2 L8 T3; FC/gm: 29.7; Y/gm: 2.1; R: 2; pens: 6
INJURY REPORT: LOS ANGELES GALAXY - QUESTIONBALE: MF Paulo Nagamura (R knee sprain); DF Ben Benditson (sports hernia) ... COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: MF Matt Crawford (R hip strain); PROBABLE: DF Nat Borchers (R knee contusion); GK Joe Cannon (L abdominal strain); DF Dan Gargan (R neck sprain)
SUSPENDED: COL: Jean-Philippe Peguero (21 CP; through Sept. 10)
WARNINGS: LA: Naldo da Conceicao (18 CP); Tyrone Marshall (9 add'l CP) ... COL: Nat Borchers (20 CP); Alain Nkong (8 add'l CP), Hunter Freeman (19 CP)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
ALL-TIME (39 meetings): Galaxy 22 wins (2 shootout), 66 goals ... Rapids 13 wins (1 shootout), 41 goals ... 4 draws
AT LOS ANGELES: (19 meetings): Galaxy 15 wins (1 shootout), 40 goals ... Rapids 3 wins (1 shootout), 16 goals ... 1 draw
LOS ANGELES GALAXY
The Los Angeles Galaxy lost for the second consecutive home match - over a span of six weeks - and for the ninth time in the last 15 matches, a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire on Sunday evening at The Home Depot Center. The Galaxy are still in third place in the Western Conference with 35 points from 26 matches, still a point behind FC Dallas but now just four points ahead of fourth-place Colorado Rapids.
The Colorado Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to five matches, winning for the second consecutive game and posting a shutout for the third time in four games with a 1-0 victory against D.C. United on Saturday night. The Rapids remain in fourth place in the Western Conference with 31 points from 24 matches, now just four points behind fourth-place Los Angeles Galaxy while 12 points ahead of Real Salt Lake as their grip tightened on the final playoff spot.