Tuesday night was a good nigh for Major League Soccer three MLS sides were unbeaten against their Premier League opponents. The Colorado Rapids beat Swansea City 201, while the LA Galaxy and Spurs tied 1-1 and the Portland Timbers and Aston Villa tied 1-1.
In Colorado both teams wore black armbands and Swans captain Garry Monk placed a wreath at the halfway line as the stadium stood in a moment of silence paying tribute to the lives that were taken at the Aurora theater shooting last week.
When the game began, Swansea looked like they were jet lagged as the Rapids took the lead in the fourth minute through Andre Akpan. This lead was doubled in the 15th minute as Rapids Kamani Hill scored with a fantastic shot
As halftime, new Swansea boss Michael Laudrup changed all his outfield players and the substitutions seemed to work as they played much better and it was no surprise when new singing Jonathan De Guzman scored in the 79th minute.
In Portland, US back-up goalkeeper Brad Guzan pulled off the deciding save in a penalty shootout following a 2-2 draw with thePortland Timbers. Why they insist on settling friendlies with a penalty shootout is beyond me.
Sebastian Rincon made his first appearance for the Timbers, marking the occasion with an equalizer to Ciaran Clark’s opener. Matthew Lowton again put Villa ahead, again from a corner. (Aston Villa failed to score from a corner throughout the entirety of last season.) This time Rodney Wallace put Portland even with a deflected shot.
In the shootout Guzan blocked Bright Dike’s attempt to give the English club a 5-4 penalty win.
In the glamour game of the night, the Galaxy drew 1-1 with Spurs. Gareth Bale, who is somehow fit enough to go on this tour with Spurs, but not fit enough to play for Team GB in the Olympics,gave Tottenham a lead in the 17th minute.
Robbie Keane and Brazilian midfielder Marcelo Sarvas were terrific in this game and Sarvas played a big part in the Galaxy’s equalizer.
Sarvas found Hector Jimenez sneaking behind Tottenham left back Sebastien Bassong, curled the ball onto the second-year winger’s foot, and Jimenez volleyed it low across the box for David Lopes to finish.