COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) – Tim Howard made two saves in the penalty shootout and the Colorado Rapids beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-1 on penalties Sunday to advance to the Western Conference championship.
Colorado won the regulation game 1-0, tying the two-game, total-goals series 1-1 and forcing the tiebreaker. Los Angeles won 1-0 at home last Sunday.READ MORE: Colorado Health Officials Urge Vaccination As Hospitals Brace For Omicron Variant
Colorado reached its first conference finals since winning the MLS Cup in 2010. The Rapids will play Nov. 20 in the first game of a two-leg series.READ MORE: Dozens Of Mask Mandate Complaints Filed Across Denver Metro Area
Shkelzen Gashi scored in the 36th minute. He took a pass just past the center circle, took a touch and smashed a shot off the left post and in.
In the shootout, Steven Gerrard put Los Angeles in front, but the Galaxy missed their next three attempts. Dos Santos sent it over the crossbar, Howard denied Ashley Cole after a slow approach and Howard sealed it by diving to his right to block Jeff Larentowicz’s roller.MORE NEWS: State Deploys Monoclonal Antibody Bus To Weld County
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