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Missed opportunities: Colorado Rapids 5, LAFC 2

The story of the season for LAFC, as missed opportunities and momentary lapses lead to 5-2 defeat, playoff hopes dashed.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The only thing that mattered for LAFC today, was winning. Regardless of the scenarios, winning was an absolute must, if the black and gold were to have any hope of reaching the postseason. The Colorado Rapids, for their part, were still in the mix for the top spot in the Western Conference, and a first-round bye. The hosts not only made their case for top spot in the West, but put a stop to LAFC’s postseason hopes, with a 5-2 win.

Much like we’ve seen all season, LAFC did incredibly well to start the match. They were able to find some space, get some open chances, and had several really great looks at goal. However, they were once again unable to convert, and the hosts made them pay. The Rapids needed only 18 minutes to find the opening goal, on their first shot on target of the night.

That theme continued, as the Rapids doubled their lead on just their third look at the goal, in the 33rd minute. That goal not only put them in control of the match, but sent the hosts into the top spot in the Western Conference. The Rapids would take the two goal lead into the halftime break. Colorado would add another in the 52nd minute, with Jonathan Lewis netting his brace.

It wasn't all bad for the black and gold, as Chicho Arango showed everyone what the team can look forward to in 2022. Just minutes after going down three, LAFC were able to pull one back, giving them just a bit of life left.

The goals kept on coming in the 62nd minute, with Cole Bassett putting a rocket past Blackman, to extend the Rapids lead back up to three goals. Brian Rodriguez got in on the action shortly after, smashing in a goal through the defender’s legs, and past the keeper to give LAFC a sliver of life heading into the final stages of the match.

A seventh goal of the match came in the 80th minute, courtesy of Dom Badji, who shut the door on LAFC once and for all, giving the Rapids their first five goal outing, with LAFC giving up five goals for the first time this season. The loss means LAFC’s season comes crashing to an end. With questions surrounding Head Coach Bob Bradley, and star striker, Carlos Vela, there appears to be some tough decisions in the offseason ahead. Whatever happens, the chances are high that this is a very different team come 2022.

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