It's been a fun week for supporters of the Colorado Rapids.
On Saturday they reclaimed the Rocky Mountain Cup. On Sunday season ticket holders had a private Meet the Team party. On Wednesday many attended the World Cup of Wine & Beers event. And, the fans were all abuzz with the news that the team signed two high-profile forwards.
But for the team itself, they've been all business as they look to extend their seven-game undefeated streak on Sunday at Chivas USA (9 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).
"It's been a nice week, but it's been focused on the match in LA against Chivas," team captain Drew Moor told ColoradoRapids.com Friday. "It's a game that we feel we match up well against them, but Chivas is one of those teams that's trapped into a corner right now and they're very dangerous. So we have to go in and be very professional about it, no matter what's gone on this week. The eleven guys that step on the field have to go in and do a job and that's what's most important to this squad right now."
The Rapids have defeated Chivas USA in the first two meeting this season by 1-0 and 2-0 score lines. In fact, Colorado is one a 10-game unbeaten streak (8-0-2) against the Goats. Since 2009, the Rapids have shutout Chivas USA in 8 of the 10 games and out-scored the LA-based team 24-6. In LA, the Rapids are 8-4-0 all-time against Chivas USA.
Throw in that Colorado is in second place in the Western Conference - whereas Chivas USA are last - and Sunday's match has the potential to be a difficult challenge for Colorado.
"I don't think it's a trap game," Moor said. "If we go and play our game and match their intensity and do what we need to do, we should take care of business. But you can say that about any game. Chivas are a dangerous squad right now. We're going to go and be professional about it and try to win the game as we usually do. It's no different than any other road game."