Rapids forward Vincente Sanchez is accustomed to scoring from the same spot every game this season. Against the Galaxy on Saturday, Sanchez changed things up, this time scoring his team-leading fifth goal off a chip shot to give the Rapids a 1-0 win over Los Angeles.
It was Sanchez's first goal of the season from someplace other than the penalty dot.
"He's a class player," said head coach Pablo Mastroeni. "He's a guy that knows what he's doing two or three steps before anyone else does. That's why he's had the kind of career he's had. That's why when talking to some of the guys from LA they're saying "Who's that shifty player that you brought in?"
"I think he's an important piece to the dynamic movement of the team moving forward."
The Rapids' lone goal came in the 20th minute when Chris Klute played a long ball across the field to Sanchez in the box. After settling the ball, Sanchez took one step backwards before stepping into a floating chip shot that glanced off the far post before landing in the back of the net.
The win keeps the Rapids in fourth place (14 points through 8 games) within the Western Conference, and pushes their record to 4-2-2 on the season.
It will be a quick turnaround for the Rapids' next match, as they travel to San Jose to face the Earthquakes on Wednesday. Kick-off is scheduled for 8:30pm MT.
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