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Colorado Rapids 1, LA Galaxy 3 | 2017 MLS Match Recap

The LA Galaxy have been road warriors in 2017, and Wednesday on the Summer Solstice they showed no sign of slowing down, getting a 3-1 win in the high altitude home of the Colorado Rapids

Galaxy academy product Jack McBean made a grand resurgence with a brace after starting in the forward position. His two goals were his first since the 2013 season, and his rocket past Tim Howard for his first goal was particularly memorable. His second goal was a clever redirect, with midfielder Joao Pedro doing a great job on the buildup work. Romain Alessandrini, who had entered the game just five minutes earlier, secured the win with a penalty kick.

The Rapids did get goal from Dillon Serna, who showed off a fair bit of skill in the process of grabbing his first of the season. He was active in front of goal for much of the night. 

Goals

  • 5' – LA – Jack McBean Watch
  • 37' – COL – Dillon Serna Watch
  • 63' – LA – Jack McBean Watch
  • 71' – LA – Roman Alessandrini (PK) Watch

Three Things

  1. THE RETURN OF MAYOR MCBEAN: The Galaxy have struggled this season getting goals from players in the forward position, but Jack McBean took care of that with emphasis. The goals were each examples of something LA has been missing from the No. 9 position: smashing one from distance off a turnover, and poaching a sitter. Also this:
  2. ON THE ROAD AGAIN: MLS win trends historically favor home teams, but the Galaxy are bucking that trend with five road wins and better than a two goal-per-game average, both best in MLS. Officially 5-2-1 on the road this season, with only one win at home, LA might be responding better to adversity than comfort. 
  3. NO CAUSE FOR CON-SERNA: McBean wasn't the only longtime Homegrown Player finding his footing again, as Serna got his first start in 2017 and looked good doing it. Serna took seven shots, three of which were on target, including the goal. Playing on the right, he gave LA fits all game, and could prove to be a good weapon for Colorado moving forward. 

They Said It

"It's huge. Midweek, in Colorado, at altitude, to get three points - people don't understand how difficult it is. You feel it in your chest the entire time." -LA Galaxy head coach Curt Onalfo

Next Up

  • COL: Saturday, June 24th at Atlanta United (7:00 pm ET | MLS LIVE)
  • LA: Saturday, June 24th vs. Sporting Kansas City (10:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE)
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