MLS Regular Season
Colorado Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni
On the overall match
WASHINGTON – A different opponent brought a similar tale for the Colorado Rapids, who - for the fourth time in a row - fell behind inside the first 15 minutes on their way to a fourth defeat in a row.
This time it was D.C. United who were grateful for an early gift en route to bouncing back from two road reversals to top the Rapids 4-2 on Sunday night, in front of 12,814 fans at RFK Stadium.
D.C. UNITED vs COLORADO RAPIDS
RFK MEMORIAL STADIUM, Washington, D.C.
Aug. 17, 2014 (WEEK 23, MLS Game #219)
6 p.m. MT (Altitude; Univision Deportes)
As the Colorado Rapids head east to face DC United this Sunday, one former player will have half an eye on next Wednesday's home encounter against LA Galaxy, kick-off 7 p.m MT (TICKETS).
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.