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LAFC Loses In Colorado, But Remains In 1st Place

Black & Gold Return Home Wednesday, 5/18 To Face Austin FC

In Saturday's match with the Colorado Rapids, shown in his readying position for LAFC is goalkeeper, John McCarthy, (left) who made his first MLS start for the team. The Rapids, Diego Rubio (right) would score the team's 2nd goal of the match that occurred at the (26:15) mark. The Rapids, In a recent big player acquisition move, acquired the U.S. Men’s National Team forward, Gyasi Zardes, from the Columbus Crew in exchange for $300,000 in 2022 General Allocation Money (GAM). Gardes scored the first goal of the game, also via a penalty kick at the (16:46) minute mark. (Photo Credit): Colorado Rapids / MLS

(East Los Angeles, CA) May 16, 2022 [From The Editor’s Desk]: The Black & Gold came away with their second loss of the season when they traveled to the home field of the Colorado Rapids, known as Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, on Saturday, 5/14, for an afternoon match.

(Brief Match Summary): Both of the Rapids’ goals came in the first half on penalty kicks and LAFC could not find the energy or the rhythm to stay competitive for the rest of the match with their Western Conference opponent. The Black & Gold Manager, Steve Cherundolo inserted John McCarthy into the starting goalkeeper position in a line-up change.


Per the LAFC Communications Department write-up, the Rapids scored on two first half penalty kicks, from Gyasi Zardes and Diego Rubio, dropping LAFC’s record to (7W-2L-1T) with (23) points as they remain in first place in the Western Conference.


  • LAFC conceded (2) penalties to Colorado in the first (30:00) minutes on Saturday…that ended a streak of not giving up a penalty for an MLS record (46) straight matches dating back to November, 2020.
  • LAFC traveled with only (17) players to Colorado due to injuries, and were further shorthanded when defender Ryan Hollingshead was forced to leave the match due to an injury in the 40th minute.
  • Goalkeeper John McCarthy made his first MLS start for LAFC vs. Colorado. It was his first MLS start since Nov. 7, 2021 when he had a shutout for Inter Miami in a (1-0) win over New England.
  • LAFC was shutout for the first time in 2022 and it was the first time since Aug. 15, 2021 that the Black & Gold failed to score a goal. Last time it happened was in a (1-0) loss in Atlanta.


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