In the 66th minute, Colorado broke the deadlock in stunning fashion. Substitute Andre Shinyashiki curled a gorgeous right-footed cross into the box, bypassing both Daniel Steres and Séga Coulibaly and finding Michael Barrios' head. The 5-foot-4 attacker outjumped both Galaxy center backs to nod home from close range.
It looked set to be a statement win for Colorado, who would have – at least temporarily – bypassed the Seattle Sounders for the West's top spot. Grandsir had other ideas, though. The Galaxy winger ghosted past the Rapids' backline in the 80th minute, collecting a long pass from Steres before blasting a shot past William Yarbrough to rescue a point for the visitors.
It was a night of missed opportunities for the Galaxy. Chicharito and Sebastian Lletget both flashed headed efforts narrowly wide, while Kevin Cabral couldn’t capitalize on a glorious breakaway chance, with his effort denied by a brave stop from Yarbrough.
For large portions, Colorado looked the more dangerous side. Barrios and Jonathan Lewis threatened on the break from the start, firing a pair of warning shots in the opening two minutes. Just before halftime, Lewis came inches away from opening the scoring, rattling the crossbar with a powerful drive from outside the box.
- THE BIG PICTURE: The Galaxy will certainly be happy with a road point against one of MLS' most in-form sides. Chicharito also looked bright in his 62-minute shift after missing the last 12 games with a calf injury. Colorado looked set to take all three points, which would have put them in first place pending Seattle’s result. They still have a game in hand and haven’t lost in their last eight outings, but it’s nonetheless a missed opportunity.
- MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Samuel Grandsir’s goal came against the run of play and was aided by an uncharacteristic mistake from William Yarbrough. But the Frenchman did enough to rescue a point after LA lost to Colorado in August.
- MAN OF THE MATCH: Michael Barrios was a constant threat, stretching the field with his pace and connecting well with Jonathan Lewis. He displayed a surprising facet of his game with a well-taken header, and his five shots led both teams. He's now on six goals this season, proving to be yet another shrewd acquisition by the Rapids (trade from FC Dallas).