CARSON, Calif. – After 12 tries, the Colorado Rapids secured their first win of 2019, defeating the Los Angeles Galaxy 1-0 on am 82nd minute goal from Andre Shinyashiki. The result also ended an eight-game losing streak for Colorado.
“It certainly did feel like a complete performance,” said Rapids captain Tim Howard, who notched six saves to preserve a clean sheet and the win. “We’ve never dropped our heads but it’s not easy to come into work when you’re getting beat up every week. So, this will hopefully boost us.”
It marked the first win in more than seven months for the club and the first win for interim head coach Conor Casey, who took over for recently fired Anthony Hudson three weeks ago.
“I’m just incredibly proud of the guys,” Casey said post game. “They’ve worked so hard this season and haven’t quit. Tonight should give us a lot of confidence.”
It was the first win in three tries as the head coach of the Rapids, but players have taken note of Casey’s efforts to change the locker room mentality in the midst of a poor start to the season.
“I just think our mentality needed to be changed,” said Rapids rookie forward Andre Shinyashiki. “We’d been dwelling on ourselves and our losses. He’s come in and told us we have nothing to lose. We’ve got to adopt a mentality that we can win regardless of the situation and I think that’s what we’ve done and we saw the results of it today.”
The 37-year-old coach revealed his advice to the team heading into what has historically been a hostile environment for Colorado.
“I told them to be brave,” said Casey. “The underdog mentality is something that we’ve really captured and can drive us forward. I told them to play free, to play confident and we’ve got nothing to lose.”
Colorado remains at the bottom of the league with just five points accumulated thus far. Nonetheless, their latest win should bode well as they head home to face Columbus next weekend.
“We need to keep working,” said Casey. “We’ve been working hard all year and all season. We haven’t been far off. There’s a lot of games where we’ve been just one or two plays short. So we’ll go back to work.”