MLS Regular Season
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.
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 …
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