Ten Things To Know: LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids

Friday, September 18, 2020

Our Rapids play-by-play announcer, Richard Fleming, is renowned for being detailed in his preparation when calling MLS games, and he is offering us a little insight into some of his pregame notes.

Find below some things you may find useful ahead of this weekend's game at LA Galaxy. We have coverage on Altitude and AltitudeNOW from 8.00pm this Saturday.

  1. The Rapids are unbeaten in their last four meetings with LA Galaxy (3-0-1), and have lost just three of the last 11 (4-3-4).
  2. Having gone 0-9-2 to start 2019, the Rapids claimed their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory at the Galaxy thanks to a goal from Andre Shinyashiki.
  3. These two original clubs have met 76 times in the regular season, dating back to June 26, 1996. The Rapids’ record against the Galaxy is 28-37-11.
  4. They have met in five postseason series, with the Rapids winning just the once, the now-famous penalty shootout victory at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park in 2016.
  5. The 7-4 win for the Galaxy at the Rose Bowl on May 6, 1998 remains the highest-scoring game in MLS history. The Galaxy team that day included Robin Fraser.
  6. Nicolas Mezquida’s penalty separated the two teams in the previous meeting, a 2-1 win for the Rapids at home on September 11, 2019. That was the last penalty awarded to the Rapids.
  7. LA Galaxy were without a win in their first five games of 2020 (0-3-2), a run which contained a 6-2 thumping by LAFC inside the Orlando bubble.
  8. Since resuming after the MLS Is Back Tournament, they have gone 4-0-1. Two of those wins have come against LAFC (2-0 and 3-0).
  9. The Galaxy’s star player, Javier Hernandez, made his return from a calf injury in the team’s 0-0 draw at San Jose last weekend. He played the final 33 minutes, his first appearance since July 13.
  10. This will be the Rapids’ third successive road trip in the space of a week, after which they will have flown 3,788 miles, to and from Salt Lake City, Dallas, and Los Angeles.