Rapids manage to hold defending MLS champions LAFC off the scoresheet but are unable to score in 0-0 draw – The Denver Post
COMMERCE CITY – Holding the MLS champions scoreless? Another building block for the Colorado Rapids, though it didn’t result in three points at home.
Colorado (0-3-3, 3 points) managed to keep defending champions LAFC off the scoreboard Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park as the Rapids earned a second clean sheet of the season in a draw 0-0.
Colorado looked particularly dangerous on their set pieces throughout the game. The team finished with 10 corner kicks, as Bryan Acosta and Connor Ronan were the takers for the injured Jack Price, but it resulted in no goals.
Jonathan Lewis was dangerous down the left side early on forcing a pair of corners.
From the opening whistle the teams played openly and the chances were there for the taking for both sides. LAFC (3-2-0, 11 points) had a pair of chances in the 21st minute as William Yarbrough denied Carlos Vela’s header, then sprinted and dived to get a paw on Denis Bouanga’s shot.
Colorado had two more corner kicks from the 25th minute and the best chance of the half came from Andreas Maxsø. On a corner in the 44th minute, he headed narrowly to the right of the post. Moments later, in stoppage time, Bouanga intercepted a pass from Bryan Acosta and traveled the length of the pitch only for his shot to explode.
While Colorado failed to score, Diego Rubio got his first start of the year and caused LAFC problems with his runs in and around the box. Rubio ended up going 60 minutes, which was a good indication of his situation, having undergone knee arthroscopy before the start of the season.
In the second half, Rubio created a nil chance as he drove just inside the 18-yard box and fired a shot that deflected and caused an awkward save from LAFC goalkeeper John McCarthy swinging the shot narrowly over the crossbar and out for a corner.
Moments later, Danny Wilson hit a pair of headers from a 50th-minute corner but was unlucky not to score. A header was brilliantly saved by McCarthy, and on the next attempt, threw one that went a little wide.
Colorado did a much better job of limiting LAFC’s chances, as the back line of Lalas Abubakar, Maxsø and Wilson closed all half chances, as the best chance of the second half came Diego Palacios attempted to rip a shot from long range but it just went high and wasn’t threatening.
Later, Rapids head coach Robin Fraser signed offensive replacements in Darren Yapi, who was back from international duty with U.S. Under-20s Kevin Cabral and Michael Barrios.
In the 81st minute after working the ball well, Ronan attempted a shot from beyond the 18-yard box but McCarthy managed to go low and force a save from a difficult spot.
Later, LAFC had a dangerous corner from former Rapids player Kellyn Acosta, but the backline held on and didn’t break. It was the final action of the game and he even finished the honors.
Colorado hits the road next Saturday as they take on rival Sporting Kansas City, another team equally hungry for goals and points. Kickoff will be at 6:30 p.m. MST at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City.
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