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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids (1-3-6) at Los Angeles Galaxy (1-5-3)

The Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Colorado Rapids in the most recent matchup in September last season, 4-1, the most goal scored by Los Angeles Galaxy in the fixture since a 6-0 result in September 2014. However, that was the Colorado Rapid’s first loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy since 2018, going unbeaten in the eight prior matches against the Galaxy (W6 D2).

After a loss to Orlando City SC on Saturday, the Los Angeles Galaxy have just six points through nine matches this season, their fewest at this stage of a season since 1999 (also 6). Los Angeles Galaxy went on to reach the MLS Cup Final that season, advancing past Colorado Rapids in the Conference Semifinals on its way.

The Colorado Rapids drew with the Vancouver Whitecaps FC on Saturday, 0-0, the Rapids’ third goalless draw already this season, after playing two goalless draws through the entirety of last year. The last time Colorado had more goalless draws in a single season was in 2016 (4), a season where the Colorado Rapids conceded the fewest goals in MLS.

The Los Angeles Galaxy have compiled 13.3 expected goals through their first nine games but have scored just seven times, underperforming their xG by 6.3. The only team underperforming their xG this season by a bigger margin are the Colorado Rapids, underperforming by a mark of 8.9 (14.9 xG, 6 goals scored).

Diego Rubio missed a penalty in the 80th minute against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Saturday, his third miss in seven regular-season penalty attempts since 2017. In that time, only Sebastian Giovinco has missed more penalties while attempting seven or more fewer (missed five of seven).

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