The stakes were high for LA Galaxy on Wednesday night in Colorado when they faced the Colorado Rapids in a midweek MLS match. If the Rapids would have won the match, it would have given them a fighting chance for the playoffs while the Galaxy continued to stand still. However, the Galaxy pulled out all their big guns in order to come from behind and win the necessary three points. Alan Gordon made the first step in beginning to regain the hearts of Galaxy fans by making the first goal of his return.
Gordon spent years with Galaxy before settling in the San Jose Earthquakes lineup — Galaxy’s true rivals. It’s easy to dislike your rival’s team members, especially when one of the players is a turncoat formerly from your team. So when Gordon’s return was announced, not everyone was happy. Could Gordon really be any help to a falling Galaxy if he hasn’t really been making plays for his current team? Alas, Galaxy decided his acquisition would be the most important move of the transfer window.
Gordon had a shaky debut for Galaxy on Saturday, but it was mostly due to the team’s poor performance overall. It started to look as if Wednesday’s match against the Rapids would go the same way, but Galaxy’s return after the first half brought a team with a brand new attitude. Omar Gonzalez scored the second goal for the team, which only left them behind by one. This is when Gordon came up big.
Gordon scored the equalizer for Galaxy, which was the first real mark he made for the club since his return. This is what the Galaxy and their fans were looking for. He made a goal that mattered, because bringing the score to level allowed soon-to-retire legend Landon Donovan to take it home and score the winning goal.
Gordon made a big impact by being one of the many goalscorers in a high-scoring match. It was quite a match to witness, and many are glad to have Gordon back in the lineup because of it.