COMMERCE CITY — Dillon Serna gave Colorado a beautiful goal in his first start in more than a year to equalize the game just before halftime, but the Rapids wilted after intermission Wednesday night, sustaining a 3-1 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy that ended a four-game winning streak at home.
Galaxy striker Jack McBean scored his second goal of the game in the 63rd minute and Los Angeles added a penalty kick, ruining what could have been a special night for Serna.
The Brighton product suffered a torn ACL and a torn meniscus in his right knee last June in a U.S. Open Cup match against FC Dallas and came off the bench in five games this season. A sub in last week’s 2-1 result over Portland, he was a big part of the team’s improvement in the second half of that come-from-behind win.
But the Rapids had trouble maintaining possession in the second half and did little with the ball when they did have it. Now they face a road game at Atlanta on Saturday, a U.S. Open Cup match at FC Dallas on Tuesday and a home game a week from Saturday against Houston.
The game started off brightly for the Rapids with Josh Gatt and Dominique Badji both getting great uncontested shots off counter attacks in the first three minutes. But Gatt was wide of the near post and Badji’s shot went over the cross bar. Fans may have had a sense that those misses would come back to haunt Colorado, and Los Angeles went up 1-0 on a play that reinforced the feeling.
Rapids center back Axel Sjoberg was guilty of a bad giveaway that fell to the feet of McBean, who found the net in the fifth minute as Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard dived in vain. McBean very nearly tallied again two minutes later, left unmarked on a free kick, but Howard covered his shot at the near post.
Serna gave his club a huge lift before halftime, scoring with his favorite move, cutting inside from the right wing and shooting with his left foot, in this instance one-timing a shot off a cross by Gatt.
But the Galaxy regained the lead in the 64th minute after midfielder Joao Pedro turned around Rapids defender Mike Da Fonte and crossed a ball into the 6-yard box which McBean pounced upon. Romain Alessandrini easily put away the PK eight minutes later.