VIDEO: Cole and Castillo trade stunners as Galaxy and Rapids draw

Katharine Lotze
A late deflected striker from substitute Niki Jackson caused LA to drop points at home to lowly Colorado in MLS action

The Colorado Rapids' recent upturn in form continued as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 away to LA Galaxy in MLS on Tuesday.

The Galaxy, fourth in the Western Conference and fighting to keep pace with FC Dallas, took the lead through Ashley Cole's brilliant goal, but were pegged back by an Edgar Castillo strike of equal quality. 

Sebastian Lletget, put the Galaxy back in front 12 minutes from time, only to see Niki Jackson steal a point with a late leveler. 

The result leaves the Rapids second from bottom in 11th place, while Galaxy are now five points behind Dallas, having played two more matches than the top two and four more than third-placed Portland Timbers.

The Galaxy broke the long deadlock in the 59th minute at Stubhub Center, club captain Cole receiving possession inside the penalty area with his back to goal, turning and firing a powerful finish past his old Manchester United rival Tim Howard in the Rapids' goal. 

The Rapids equalized in the 74th minute, Castillo running onto a loose ball outside the box, advancing into the area and lashing a low, firm finish into the far corner of the net.

It did not take long for Galaxy to restore their lead, though, Ola Kamara teeing up Lletget to lash home a strike from the center of the box to the top left corner and make it 2-1 to Galaxy.

Undeterred, the Rapids drew level again in the 82nd minute, substitute Jackson running at the home side's defense and then finding the back of the net with the help of a deflection that fooled goalkeeper David Bingham.

Kamara had the ball in the back of the net in the 94th minute for what would have been a shocking winner, but his effort was harshly ruled out for offside.