Power Rankings Week 33: Media place Colorado in Top 7 with two weeks to go
Each week we will take a look at where the Colorado Rapids stand in the weekly Power Rankings on national soccer media websites.
Despite big saves from Clint Irwin and Drew Moor, the Colorado Rapids left San Jose with no points. The race to the MLS Cup Playoffs has come down to the final two games of the season.
Here’s how the week affected the team's standings in national MLS Power Rankings:
Had a chance to end San Jose's season and pull within two points of the Shield lead. Instead, they find themselves in a precarious home-and-home against one of the hottest attacks in the league. If things go wrong, the Rapids miss the playoffs. Like we said, crazy season.
Fresh off of their mauling of Seattle, the Rapids fell flat against San Jose on Wednesday night.
The loss to the Earthquakes opened the door for both San Jose and Vancouver to gain ground in the standings on the fifth-place Rapids.
With two matches left against the Whitecaps, Colorado leads San Jose by one point and Vancouver by three points.
A 1-0 loss at San Jose was its third in the last six games and took much of the luster off last week’s 4-1 stomping of Seattle. Coach Oscar Pareja lamented an “ugly game,” as a depleted Rapids attack threatened only rarely. Home-and-home games against Vancouver will determine its postseason fate but with luck the squad could be at its healthiest all season.
A loss at home last week to San Jose did significant damage to the Rapids’ playoff chances, but it’s not fatal. Pick up enough points in two matches against the Whitecaps (we referenced that goofy MLS scheduling before, you know) and Oscar Pareja’s young team will arrive into the post-season.
Oscar Pareja bemoaned San Jose's 'ugly' style following his team's loss to the Quakes, but the onus is on his side to overcome such tactics. The Rapids' playoff fate will now be determined by a home-and-home series against Vancouver.
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