Half Time: Colorado Rapids-Galaxy at Home Depot Center

It was largely one-way offensive traffic in the first half of this U.S. Open Cup qualifier, with the Galaxy dominating, yet spurning, most of the opportunities that came their way.

Carlos Ruiz, taking a page from the David Beckham playbook, had the most exciting chance, spotting goalkeeper Preston Burpo out of position and sending a hard shot clunking off the post from just a yard inside the Rapids’ half. He also saw another vicious 23-yard shot parried onto the post by Burpo in the 36th minute.

Colorado actually had more shots on target (2) than the Galaxy (1), but the Galaxy looked the most dangerous team especially in the opening half hour.

Stephen Keel was forced to clear a shot off the goal line and almost scored an own goal that required a Burpo save inside the opening 10 minutes alone.

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