Atiba Harris continues revenge tour against former teams

All four of the forward's goals have come against teams he used to play for

Atiba Harris points after scoring against Chivas USA

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Garrett Ellwood / Colorado Rapids

Colorado Rapids forward Atiba Harris is quietly on a revenge tour, although he doesn't think of it like that, at all. 

On Saturday Harris scored both Colorado goals in the 2-2 draw against FC Dallas. They were his third and fourth goals of the season - all coming against teams he used to play for. Harris also scored game-winning goals against Real Salt Lake and Chivas USA.

But the eighth-year MLS veteran says his goals have nothing to do with the opponent.

Goal: Harris heads in throw-in

"In practice I've been working on my finishing, and it's paying off," Harris told ColoradoRapids.com after Saturday's match. "In the second half we came out more aggressive and opened up the field a lot."

His two-goal game against Dallas was the second time he's scored more than one goal in a game in his MLS career. The only other time was in his first year in MLS, when he scored twice as a member of Real Salt Lake against Kansas City on September 20, 2006 in a 3-3 tie at Arrowhead Stadium.

"Atiba brings us that energy," Rapids coach Oscar Pareja said after the match. "(He is) such a professional player who is always working. He knew that he didn’t have a good year last year, and the opportunity that the club is providing to him, he is embracing it and doing a great job."

Goal: Harris' second of the night

While the season has yet to hit the halfway point, Harris has already played more games and scored more goals than in the last two seasons combined. Harris was acquired in the offseason from the Vancouver Whitecaps, where he played a total of 12 games and scored two goals in 2011 and 2012 combined.

He is the only Rapids player to play in all 14 games (he also played in the Open Cup loss). His four goals leads the team and matches his season career-high, which he also reached in 2006 (RSL), 2009 (Chivas and Dallas), and 2010 (Dallas).

But Harris' focus is on the team and the current six-game undefeated streak.

"It's important not to be losing. We're building confidence," Harris said. "It was a bit disappointing not to get the three points, but we’ll take the point and look forward to San Jose [in two weeks]."

The Rapids, meanwhile, hope Harris can also find goals against teams he hasn't played for. Colorado will face Harris' other team, Vancouver, on August 17, October 19, and October 27.