Let’s just start off by saying I had to watch the game in Spanish because I live in North Carolina, and I know no Spanish. At all. However, I was expecting nothing less than a win from the LA Galaxy. And the boys didn’t leave me hanging.
So time for the breakdown. After almost two weeks of not watching my boys play, I was beginning to have with-drawls. I was about to become mentally unstable, because I have this weird addiction with LA and I need a weekly dose. Then finally Friday rolled around and it was game day!
If you follow along with me on twitter (Kristian_16) you know how emotional I get during games, tonight was no different. It started off fine and dandy when I learned Landon Donvoan was finally back! Also, with a win tonight LA would only be ONE POINT behind RSL, and after learning the Beckham was out due to an ankle strain I had mixed emotions about who would take over in the midfield and be the driving force.
I know LA just recently acquired Wilhelmsson but to me, chances of him starting were slim… Until Bruce released the lineup; low and behold, Wilhelmsson was starting in the midfield. From that point on my expectations were high for a good game. I knew it would be a tough game for LA; the Rapids have been a tough challenge for LA this season. Add in the fact the Rapids playoff chances are in question and last night’s game was no different. Now time for the nitty gritty!
The first half was long… Maybe I felt this way because nothing exciting was happening. It felt like it went on for forever, until LA found their stride in the 15th minute as Robbie Keane found the back of the net. It was a brilliant play leading up to the goal with assists credited to Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas (which just so happens to be his first MLS assist!). Going into the half LA was leading 1-0, and I was crossing my fingers and toes that they would keep the lead and get those three points.
Along rolls the second half, and as things started to get chippy, and LA was giving up shots left and right to Colorado, Christian Wilhelmsson showed LA fans that he’s here to get business done. In the 58th minute Wilhelmsson made the score 2-0. It wasn’t the prettiest of shots, and nothing too fancy but it was the cushion LA needed to get that little pep back in their step. It also made me believe that Wilhelmsson might just be what LA was looking for the whole season.
Then things started to become hectic around the 77th minute when Omar Gonzalez made a mistake with Saunders off his line, then BOOM, Sarvas came up HUGE with a save as the ball was hurling towards the goal. After that, it was LA’s game. And as the final whistle blew, I felt myself let out a huge breath as the boys are now in third place in the western conference!
With the Galaxy coming away with three points they are just one point behind RSL, and in third place in the West. (This due to having scored more goals). At the beginning of the season, shoot, even half way through the season, no one would of thought LA would be in third… Look who’s laughing now.
Photo credit; LA Galaxy’s Facebook