The Colorado Rapids won their second straight preseason match and second in three days claiming a 5-2 victory over the LA Galaxy Wednesday afternoon at The Home Depot Center.
"This was another very positive game for us," explained head coach Gary Smith. "Any time you can find the back of the net multiple times is good. Ultimately it is another step in the right direction."
The Rapids jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Mehdi Ballouchy scored on a deflection off the LA goalkeeper in the 21st minute.
The visiting club then wasted no time pulling away with two goals in a three minute span.
Omar Cummings put the Rapids up 2-0 in the 32nd minute assisted on the play by Kosuke Kimura. Minutes later, Conor Casey recorded his second goal in three days off a Ballouchy quick-start free kick in the 35th minute.
The Galaxy stopped the bleeding the 44th minute when Omar Gonzalez tapped in a rebound goal following a Preston Burpo save.
In the second half, LA cut into the Rapids’ advantage making it 3-2 on a Dema Kovalenko rebound goal off the post in the 81st minute.
Colorado quickly responded in the 82nd minute when Terry Cooke netted an excellent pass from Ivan Guerrero.
The contest’s final goal came on a breakaway score and Cummings second of the match in the 86th minute.
The Rapids return to Colorado this evening and resume training at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park tomorrow afternoon.
Colorado Rapids: Preston Burpo, Cory Gibbs (Serge Wawa 65), Ugo Ihemelu (Greg Dalby 65), Kosuke Kimura (Mike Holody 65), Jordan Harvey (Ivan Guerrero 65), Jacob Peterson (Nick LaBrocca 46), Pablo Mastroeni (Terry Cooke 66), Mehdi Ballouchy, Colin Clark, Omar Cummings, Conor Casey (Gregory Richardson 65)