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Galaxy draw familiar Colorado Rapids at home

Aug 14, 2018; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy defender Dave Romney (4) and forward Ola Kamara (11) and midfielder Sebastian Lletget (17) and forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (9) celebrate after a goal by Lletget in the second half against the Colorado Rapids at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

CARSON, Calif. — The LA Galaxy drew with the Colorado Rapids by a scoreline of 2-2 in front of a crowd of 16,231 fans in attendance on Tuesday night at the StubHub Center.

It was the second meeting between these two clubs within a 10 day span. During their last meeting on Aug. 4, the Rapids snapped the Galaxy’s nine match unbeaten streak with a 2-1 victory in Colorado.

The first half of the match took its time warming up. Both sides gradually figured out their opponent, with a total of just eight shots, three on target, combined during the first half. 

Midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos exited the match due to injury in the 34th minute after sustaining a right groin strain. Prior to the match, Dos Santos was the only designated player available for the Galaxy, as the two others, Giovani Dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini, were tending to injuries that removed them from the team’s previous match on Saturday.

Also dealing with injury in the first half was defender Michael Ciani, but he was able to make it to halftime before being substituted out for Daniel Steres at the start of the second half. 

Colorado’s newest addition, midfielder Kellyn Acosta, left the match in the 50th minute due to illness. Acosta joined the Rapids during the Secondary Transfer window from FC Dallas, in exchange for Colorado’s leading goal scorer, Dominique Badji. Bismark Boateng, who has one goal in the 738 minutes played so far this season, entered the match for the Rapids.

Defender Ashley Cole opened the game’s scoring in the 59th minute, working his way around the Colorado defense and netting the ball in the far upper corner. There was a palpable change in momentum to the match with the goal, and the crowd knew that more goals were heading their way.

With play running from end to end, Edgar Castillo found the equalizer for the Rapids in the 74th minute, bringing the match to a 1-1 scoreline. 

Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget found an answer of his own in the 78th minute, putting the Galaxy back ahead 2-1. With this goal, the intensity of the match heightened, and both sides put more effort into getting a result for their team. 

Niki Jackson found another equalizer for Colorado in the 82nd minute, with the assist to Edgar Castillo, who had scored Colorado’s first goal of the night, putting the scoreline at 2-2. 

Neither side was able to break the tie, and the match ended with a 2-2 scoreline. The Galaxy have struggled this season with maintaining a lead, and tonight was another example of that. 

After the match, captain Ashley Cole discussed the team’s frustration with the result. 

“We came into the game looking to get the three points,” Cole explained. “And then we go 1-0 up and in 10 minutes we concede a sloppy goal again. So yeah, it’s disappointing. I think we are allowed to come in disappointed because we know that we have to pick up points now. If we would have won our last three games, we would have been first or second.”

The continued loss of points became a theme in the Galaxy locker room post game, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic voicing his frustrations, as well.

“Everybody talks about the playoffs…the way we play now we don’t even deserve playoffs, so that is how the situation is.”

In their next match, the Galaxy travel to Seattle to take on the Sounders at on Saturday Aug. 18 at 4 p.m. E.T.

Below is full video of head coach Sigi Schmid’s post game press conference.

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