How they stand in the push for the playoffs

With four pulling clear, the Rapids must focus on beating Vancouver and Portland to fifth

Without a MLS match since suffering a fifth straight loss to LA Galaxy last Wednesday, the Colorado Rapids were forced to sit back and watch events unfold this weekend as Western Conference rivals played their games in hand.

Vancouver Whitecaps were three points and two places ahead of the Rapids heading into the weekend, with two games in hand. Portland Timbers were one place and one point clear of the Rapids, having played one game less.

Both sides lost their respective matches, at the Galaxy and home to Seattle Sounders respectively, which means it's as you were from fifth to seventh in the standings.

And, while the Rapids resume MLS duties next Saturday with a tricky trip to the Sounders, the Whitecaps host the Timbers in British Columbia.

The Whitecaps have ten games remaining, though these include home fixtures with the Rapids, D.C. United and Real Salt Lake, home and away meetings with both the Timbers and in-form FC Dallas, as well as a trip to Seattle.

For their part, the Timbers have nine MLS games, but are also involved in the CONCACAF Champions League, which will add to their commitments at a vital stage of the season. They have testing road trips to Vancouver, Colorado, Toronto and FC Dallas. They also meet RSL and Vancouver at Providence Park.

The Rapids have nine remaining games in the regular season - four at home and five away. All of the matches are against Western Conference opponents, and involve home and away versus the Sounders, a second trip of the season to RSL, a home meeting with the Timbers, as well as a final match of the campaign at the Whitecaps.

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Position: 5th
Points: 33
Games played: 24
MLS games remaining: 10

Last 5: D-D-W-D-L

Remaining fixtures:
8/30 - vs. Portland Timbers
9/6 - vs. D.C. United
9/10 - vs. San Jose E'quakes

9/13 - at FC Dallas
9/20 - at Portland Timbers
9/27 - vs. Real Salt Lake
10/4 - vs. FC Dallas
10/10 - at Seattle Sounders
10/18 - at San Jose Earthquakes
10/25 - vs. Colorado Rapids

Position: 6th
Points: 31
Games played: 25
MLS games remaining: 9

Last 5: W-L-W-D-L

Remaining fixtures:
8/30 - at Vancouver Whitecaps
9/7 - vs. San Jose E'quakes
9/13 - at Colorado Rapids
9/16 - vs. CD Olimpia (CCL)
9/20 - vs. Vancouver W'caps
9/23 - vs. Alpha United (CCL)
9/27 - at Toronto FC
10/4 - at San Jose Earthquakes
10/8 - vs. San Jose E'quakes
10/17 - vs. Real Salt Lake

10/21 - at CD Olimpia (CCL)
10/25 - at FC Dallas

Position: 7th
Points: 30
Games played: 25
MLS games remaining: 9

Last 5: L-L-L-L-L

Remaining fixtures:
8/30 - at Seattle Sounders
9/5 - at LA Galaxy
9/13 - vs. Portland Timbers
9/19 - at Real Salt Lake
9/27 - vs. San Jose E'quakes
10/5 - vs. Seattle Sounders

10/11 - at Chivas USA
10/18 - vs. FC Dallas
10/25 - at Vancouver Whitecaps