Rapids squander opportunity for first place in 1-1 draw to LA Galaxy – The Denver Post

The Colorado Rapids missed a chance to take over first place in the MLS Western Conference.

Michael Barrios gave the Rapids the lead in the 66th minute, but the Los Angeles Galaxy answered in the 80th minute as the game finished in a 1-1 draw at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Saturday afternoon.

“It feels like a missed opportunity to ourselves,” head coach Robin Fraser said. “Because I think that in a back-and-forth game, we probably did enough to win up to the point where we scored, they scored. And then after that it became a dogfight again.”

Andre Shinyashiki flew down the flank and found Barrios’ head on a cross for the goal. It was the Colorado goalscoring leader’s sixth goal of the season.

“I know that Mikey will make those runs and I know that he’s gonna beat any center back or outside back to be honest for pace,” Shinyashiki said. “And so I just tried to put it in a good space for him to attack it. And I was fortunate to get the ball there and the credit to Mikey too. it wasn’t an easy finish.”

Barrios has been one of the best offseason additions in all of MLS and a big reason why the Rapids are near the top of the table. He has played in multiple positions for the team up top and always finds ways to contribute.

Samuel Grandsir scored for the Galaxy on a goal that involved some uncharacteristic mistakes from Colorado. The backline allowed Grandsir to get behind them and William Yarbrough misplayed the shot.

“Robin said in his speech in the locker room just now, we’re never going to be perfect,” Shinyashiki said. “We’re going to make mistakes and now today we made a mistake in it, and we got punished.”

Despite the disappointment of the draw, the Rapids remain unbeaten in their last eight games — the longest active unbeaten streak in MLS.

Part of growing and becoming a contender means being able to compete with the top teams in the league. The Rapids now have one win, one loss and four draws against the other top three teams in the West.

“In past years, when we played the big-name teams we used to be scared, used to always be unsure of ourselves,” Shinyashiki said. “And I think that this year we’re really taking that step where we feel like we can go toe to toe with them.

“That’s what we did tonight and that’s what we keep doing every week. No matter if it’s the Galaxy, Seattle, we play New England this year and they’re doing well, we believe that we can beat all these teams and so that belief and that mentality is what has carried us here.”

The Rapids would have taken first place with a win and Seattle Sounders draw or loss Saturday. They now sit three points behind the Sounders with a game in hand.

The Burgundy Boys have to quickly shift the focus for a Wednesday game this week. They will travel to Portland to take on the Timbers in one of the more hostile environments in MLS.

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