In a matchup of MLS originals, the Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy played a scoreless game all the way up until the dying moments. But the game would not end with all zeros on the scoreboard.
Marco Pappa cleanly struck a ball out of the air in the 95th minute and got it past Brian Rowe to give the home side all three points in their home opener.
Both teams struggled to create quality chances, with the Galaxy's best chance coming off a set play that resulted in Jelle Van Damme, who was making his MLS debut, hitting the crossbar for the Galaxy in the 30th minute.
LA Galaxy 0, Colorado Rapids 1
Saturday, March 12, 2016
2016 MLS Regular Season
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, Colorado
- LA – Steven Gerrard (caution) 43’
- COL – March Burch (caution) 45’
- LA – Daniel Steres (caution) 50’
- LA – Jelle Van Damme (caution) 72’
- LA – Emmanuel Boateng (caution) 82’
- COL – Jared Watts (caution) 89’
- COL – Kevin Doyle (caution) 90’+1
LA Galaxy: Brian Rowe; A.J. DeLaGarza, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme, Robbie Rogers; Sebastian Lletget (Baggio Husidic 78’), Nigel de Jong, Steven Gerrard, Gyasi Zardes; Robbie Keane ©, Mike Magee (Emmanuel Boateng 67’).
Substitutions not used: Clement Diop, Dave Romney, Rafael Garcia, Ariel Lassiter.
SHOTS: 9; SHOTS ON GOAL: 1; CORNERS: 4; OFFSIDES: 1; SAVES: 7
Colorado Rapids: Zac MacMath; Marc Burch, Jared Watts, Axel Sjoberg, Mekeil Williams; Michael Azira, Dillon Powers, Sam Cronin; Kevin Doyle ©, Dominique Badji (Marco Pappa 67’), Shkelzen Gashi (Dillon Serna 83’).
Substitutions not used: Chris Froschauer, Bobby Burling, Conor Doyle, Zach Pfeffer, Luis Solignac.
SHOTS: 11; SHOTS ON GOAL: 8; CORNERS: 6; OFFSIDES: 2; SAVES: 1
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Referee’s Assistants: Ian Anderson and Corey Parker
4th Official: Nima Saghafi