With a swift left-footed volley, Colorado’s Marco Pappa yanked one point away from the L.A. Galaxy in the final 30 seconds of Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Rapids.
The Galaxy looked primed to escape the high-altitude of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a draw until Daniel Steres missed a clearance in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Pappa capitalized on the error and buried the shot into the back of the net.
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Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena called the five minutes of stoppage time “disgraceful.”
“That was remarkable,” Arena told reporters. “Bad judgment. Bad judgment by the fourth official not to question it. That’s a 93-minute game at the most and to lose in the 95th minute is a crime.”
After he was one of the heroes in last week’s season-opener and playing well in his second MLS game, Steres made a crucial mistake at the worst possible time for the Galaxy.
“I think nine times out of 10 I could probably make that clearance a little better,” Steres said. “Today was the one day that it happened and it cost us. There’s no excuses in that, but it just sucks to lose like that.”
Brian Rowe got the start in goal for the injured Dan Kennedy and had seven saves.
The Galaxy only mustered one shot on goal compared to Colorado’s eight.