Carson, CA (Sports Network) - A moment of madness from Colorado Rapids
defender Drew Moor helped the Los Angeles Galaxy to a 1-0 win on Saturday at
The Home Depot Center as Mike Magee converted from the penalty spot, leaving
the Rapids with three losses from their first four games.
Colorado goalkeeper Clint Irwin kept his side in the match in the first half
with a number of quality stops, but Moor lost his head for a moment early in
the second half and it was enough to put his side at a severe disadvantage.
The incident occurred in the 48th minute when Moor elbowed the Galaxy's
Marcelo Sarvas in the face away from the ball, earning himself a straight red
This reduced the Rapids to 10 men, but since the incident took place inside
the penalty area, it allowed Magee to fire home the lone goal of the contest
from the spot.
Jack McBean kept Irwin busy in the first half and he was denied on multiple
occasions by the Colorado netminder, who got some help from a defender in
the 31st minute.
Jose Villarreal beat Irwin to a long ball at the edge of the penalty area and
lobbed it over the head of the 'keeper, only for Diego Calderon to recover in
time to clear the shot off the goal line.
Juninho also threatened the Colorado net just before halftime when his free
kick narrowly sailed over the crossbar.
But the match was turned with Moor's poor decision, and even though the Galaxy
let off the gas a bit after the goal, the home side still did enough to see
out the rest of the match and improve its record against the Rapids to 5-0-1
in the last six meetings between the teams.
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