MLS Regular Season

View from the Booth: The best 45 minutes of the season as Sounders silenced

Brown had Yedlin's number as everything clicked for the rampant Rapids
The Best of 2013
View from the Booth
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View from Booth - Pink Net

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Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

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

Colorado Rapids could clinch a berth in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs Wednesday

Rapids match at San Jose to be televised live on Altitude TV at 8:30 p.m. MT
Can Clinch a Playoff Berth Wednesday
Playoff Scenarios
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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.

Commentary: Sorry Sounders, but the Rapids were just making a point

Fleming suggests sexy soccer is not confined to the 'top' teams in MLS
Commentary: No Hard Feelings
Making A Point
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Gabriel Torres scores versus Seattle on Oct. 5, 2013

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Bart Young / Colorado Rapids

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.

Yes, I know that there have been murmurings here and there, and I know that both Deshorn Brown and Dillon Powers slipped into MLSsoccer.com's 24 Under 24 … just.

Rapids trusting youth in playoff push: "You cannot exclude them from the responsibility"

Pareja counting on the group that got him to this point to lead Colorado into the postseason
Staying the Course
Trusting Youth
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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.

With Rapids idle, here are the five weekend matches that could affect the West standings

Colorado will still hold their playoff spot come Monday, but gap could shrink above and below
Five Games to Watch
Playoff Chase
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2013 MLS adidas match ball

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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.

View from the Booth: Key element missing as Rapids locked out by Timbers

Pressure and possession but ultimately pointless in Portland
Where Was The Spark?
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View from Booth - Shane O'Neill vs Ryan Johnson

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Courtesy of Craig Mitchelldyer / Portland Timbers

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.

View from the Booth: Show-stealing Sanchez, take a bow

Real-deal Vicente's got them talking ... about the playoff chasing Rapids
Class Act Sanchez
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View from Booth - Vicente Sanchez

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'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

Rapids Podcast: 'Nothing short of nine points from the last three at home'

Wynne wants the maximum, starting with FC Dallas this Saturday
Max Points at Home
Rapids Podcast

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.

Commentary: Hearing you loud 'n' clear, Bruce!

Galaxy boss rolls out same old moan on absent stars, but he has a point
Commentary: I Hear You, Bruce!
Arena Takes Aim
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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.

View from the Booth: Don't underestimate this team's desire

You just know the Rapids are ready to fight and scrap over the final six games
Whatever It Takes
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View from Booth - Irwin and team vs LA

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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.

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