How do the Rapids compare to their Western Conference rivals?

As we enter a key part of the season, here's a look at those competing for playoff places

For some teams in the Western Conference, the playoff places are within touching distance. For others, there is still much work to do and finger-nails to bite before a place in the top five is assured.

Leaders Seattle Sounders sit pretty on 41 points, and - barring a late-season implosion on the scale of last year - Sigi Schmid's side should be in the mix. You could say the same for Real Salt Lake and perhaps FC Dallas who are both within five points of top spot.

LA Galaxy might even fit that mold, considering they have three games in hand and a recent run of good form with two wins and a draw in their last three matches.

So, let’s set aside those four teams and consider the fifth and final playoff spot, looking at the sides that will be fighting tooth and nail for it in the remaining weeks of the regular season.

If the season were to end today, Vancouver would advance, leaving the Rapids and Portland Timbers on the outside looking in. Fortunately, there are still 12 weeks left, and even San Jose, who are six points behind the Timbers and Rapids, could catch up with their three games in hand.

Here’s a look at the four teams currently in contention for the fifth and final playoff spot:

Team

Record (W-L-T)

Points

Position

Games remaining

Last six

Vancouver

7-4-11

32

5th

12

LDDDDW

Colorado

8-9-6

30

6th

11

DLWLLL

Portland

7-7-9

30

7th

11

DLWWLW

San Jose

6-8-6

24

8th

14

LLDWWD

In the weeks remaining, the four teams competing for the last spot will face each other in 10 total matches, where three points for one team also means three less points for the other. Click HERE for the Rapids' remaining games in the 2014 MLS Regular Season.

Rivals in action Rapids' remaining games
8/30 – Vancouver vs. Portland 8/17 – away to DC United
9/7 – Portland vs. San Jose 8/20 – home to LA Galaxy (TICKETS)
9/10 – Vancouver vs. San Jose 8/30 – away to Seattle Sounders
9/13 – Rapids vs. Portland 9/5 – away to LA Galaxy
9/20 – Portland vs. Vancouver 9/13 – home to Portland Timbers (TICKETS)
9/27 – Rapids vs. San Jose 9/19 – away to Real Salt Lake
10/4 – San Jose vs. Portland 9/27 – home to San Jose Earthquakes (TICKETS)
10/8 – Portland vs. San Jose 10/5 – home to Seattle Sounders (TICKETS)
10/18 – San Jose vs. Vancouver 10/11 – away to Chivas USA
10/25 – Vancouver vs. Rapids 10/18 – home to FC Dallas (TICKETS)
  10/25 – away to Vancouver Whitecaps