MLS Regular Season
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.
For the second game in a row, the Colorado Rapids were dominant in almost every department save the most crucial one, the scoreline.
A week earlier, in the 1-0 defeat at home to Real Salt Lake, the Rapids enjoyed 22 shots (not necessarily on target), yet failed to find a goal. On Saturday, the Rapids sprayed 24 shots toward the FC Dallas goal, but emerged with a consolation penalty kick for their efforts and a third successive defeat.
Colorado Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni
On tonight's game...
FRISCO, Texas – In a battle between two teams fighting for Western Conference playoff positioning, both clubs continued their recent trajectories in FC Dallas’ 3-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on Saturday.
Dallas made it eight straight unbeaten league games while the Rapids slumped to a third consecutive defeat. Coincidentally, Dallas’ run began with a 3-2 win over the Rapids on June 7, as coach Oscar Pareja has made it two wins out of two over his old team.
FC DALLAS vs COLORADO RAPIDS
TOYOTA STADIUM, Frisco, Texas
Aug. 9, 2014 (WEEK 22, MLS Game #205)
7 p.m. MT (Altitude)
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – The Colorado Rapids will have several special events around the club’s match on Wednesday, August 20 (kick-off 7 p.m MT), when LA Galaxy visits Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, including a pregame ceremony to honor retired midfielder Jamie Smith (TICKETS).
Colorado Rapids' head coach, Pablo Mastroeni, sits down with co-hosts David Lindholm and Richard Fleming on this week's Rapids Podcast to explain his post-match comments following the 1-0 home loss to Real Salt Lake last weekend.
Pablo Mastroeni did not want to dwell on last Saturday's 1-0 home loss to rivals Real Salt Lake, but has further clarified his post-match comments in an interview with this week's Rapids Podcast (online from Thursday).
"I was gutted walking off the field, and shaking (Jeff) Cassar's hand," Mastroeni said. "I knew that we deserved more from that game and didn't get it. But then my mindset goes to 'what do we have to do to not experience those moments again?'