MLS Regular Season
In the heat of battle it's often quite easy to lose a sense of perspective and analyze a game through burgundy-tinted spectacles, which is why I sit down and pen 'View from the Booth' the morning after a match.
Deshorn Brown's Opening Goal
In one of the tightest playoff races in MLS history, only the New York Red Bulls have secured a spot in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs with only three weeks to play.
The Colorado Rapids could be next, and it could happen as early as Wednesday.
Speaking personally, I think an apology is in order to the Seattle Sounders. There were many around MLS who didn't believe that this Rapids side was capable of very special things.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – At the beginning of the season, Colorado Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja was forced to throw rookies, inexperienced players, and others with limited playing time over the past year into his starting lineup, handcuffed by a seemingly never-ending list of injuries.
Even though the Colorado Rapids are idle this weekend, the team knows they'll hold on to their playoff spot in Western Conference standings come Monday - no matter how any of the nine MLS weekend games go.
With 45 points after 30 games (12-9-9) the Rapids are currently tied with LA for final playoff spot in the West. Vancouver and San Jose are tied for sixth at 41 points each, followed closely by Dallas with 40 points.
Things just got a little more interesting.
The Rapids' loss in Portland on Friday night, coupled with wins for both Vancouver and San Jose, confirms what many of us feared these past few weeks.
This painstaking, high-pressure playoff pursuit is going to go right down to the wire.
'The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential ... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.'
'We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.'
'When one scores a goal and the team doesn't win, (the goal) doesn't matter.'
Oooh, View from the Booth getting all philosophical …
Full Match Highlights
This week's Rapids Podcast has something for everybody. With eyes on the nail-biting remaining regular-season games for Oscar Pareja's team, defender Marvell Wynne insists the side is aiming for maximum points from the last three home games.
I have some sympathy for Galaxy boss Bruce Arena, who – having watched his makeshift team beaten and shut-out by the Rapids for the second time this season – bemoaned the scheduling of fixtures at the same time as the FIFA international dates.
The Galaxy, for a third meeting with the Rapids this season, were without Robbie Keane, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez – their three Designated Players.
Set pieces can be learnt, as can tactics. You can also greatly improve your fitness and skill by putting in the hard yards.
There’s one thing which can’t be coached, but it will certainly be needed over the final six regular-season games, and that is desire.
I referred to some of the Rapids defending, in the dying moments in LA, as ‘desperate’. And it was.