MLS Regular Season
At what point does greed overtake ambition?
The reason I ask is that, with Saturday's dramatic 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at another packed Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Colorado Rapids shattered club records in raising the bar to dizzy new heights - and still we want more.
Now, is that being greedy, bearing in mind how far this team has travelled this season, or does it show a burning desire to better oneself?
Mathematically, the Colorado Rapids need to wait until next week to officially clinch (and celebrate) a berth in the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. But realistically, the team clinched a spot Sunday night after the LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes played to a scoreless draw.
With two weeks to play in the MLS Regular Season, there are still eight spots up for grabs for the MLS Cup Playoffs - and there are dozens of possible scenario in which teams could either clinch a berth this week, or be eliminated.
Click here to check out the MLS Standings, and scroll down to see the scenarios as provided by Major League Soccer's Communications Department, starting with the Western Conference followed by the Eastern Conference:
This week's belated Rapids Podcast follows the midweek defeat at San Jose, and hears from head coach Oscar Pareja and skipper Drew Moor.
Some of Pareja's comments after the loss in California made headlines. Listeners can digest his post-match interview in full, where he speaks of his frustration at not being able to break down San Jose.
"We came prepared to deal with that style of play but you have to accept that sometimes you can't," Pareja said.
Following Wednesday night’s results, where Vancouver claimed a 4-1 win in Seattle, and San Jose held serve at home by defeating Colorado, 1-0, the Western Conference standings are even tighter than before the week began. The top seven teams are separated by only seven points, and only the top five make the MLS Cup Playoffs.
Here’s how wild the standings are: on Oct. 10, the Rapids are only five points from the best record in MLS, four points from the top of the West, three points from second place, and yet only one point away from being bumped from the playoffs.
The cousins you don’t like have dropped by, and your mum has insisted you wear the knitted jumper Aunty gave you. Spoilt rotten on the one day and then – in the blink of an eye – the fun is over.
We know what the Colorado Rapids have to do Wednesday night in San Jose in order to secure a playoff berth, but there are also five other teams that could join the New York Red Bulls in the postseason by the weekend.
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.