Los Angeles Soccer: Andre Akpan

GALAXY: Heroic end topples Colorado

April, 21, 2012

The Galaxy scored two first-half goals, took charge defensively after Colorado's speed nearly burned them early on, and overcame altitude's impact on their tiring legs to post back-to-back victories for the first time since winning MLS Cup last season and even their record at .500.

But they needed late heroics from goalkeeper Josh Saunders to pull out a 2-1 victory Saturday evening over the Rapids in Commerce City, Colo.

Saunders saved Omar Cummings' penalty kick three minutes into stoppage to secure the victory as the Galaxy took another step toward normalcy with their first road victory of 2012.

Three thoughts on the Galaxy's triumph:


L.A. did well to shut off space after Cummings' speed caused a lot of trouble in the first 15 minutes or so, and an own goal by former UCLA star Marvell Wynne and Landon Donovan's clinical finish from Robbie Keane's feed provided an advantage that should have been enough, even after Cummings halved the deficit in the 63rd minute.

Then referee Ramon Hernandez attempted outright robbery, awarding the Rapids a penalty kick after Andre Akpan, soaring for a long ball into the Galaxy box, fell to the turf under pressure -- but nothing beyond incidental contact -- from David Junior Lopes.

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