MLS Regular Season

Playoff Outlook: Rapids must sweep final three, get help

Rapids need Chivas USA to tie or defeat Vancouver tonight in order to keep hopes alive
Playoff Scenarios: Need Help
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

With the Colorado Rapids tying the LA Galaxy Sunday evening, the fifth and final Western Conference berth in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs will be decided over the final three weeks of the season, though teams could be eliminated on Wednesday.

Vancouver (39 points) currently holds the fifth spot ahead of Dallas (37 pts), Colorado (31 pts), Portland (30 pts), and Chivas USA (28 pts). Every team but Chivas has three games remaining. Chivas has four games left.

STANDINGS AS OF SUNDAY NIGHT

Playoff Outlook: Only one spot remains in Western Conference

Seattle became the fourth team in the West to clinch a playoff berth on Saturday
Only One Spot Remains
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

There is only one Western Conference berth remaining in the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs after the Seattle Sounders clinched their place in the post season Saturday night with a tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The San Jose Earthquakes (61 pts), Real Salt Lake (52 pts), LA Galaxy (49 pts) had already secured their entry the previous two weeks.

STANDINGS

Playoff Outlook: Three more teams could clinch over the weekend

Seattle, Sporting KC, and Chicago could secure their place in the MLS Cup Playoffs this week
Playoff Outlook
Playoff Scenarios

The San Jose Earthquakes, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake have claimed three of the five Western Conference berths for the 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs. The Seattle Sounders could take one of the remaining spots on Saturday, leaving the final place up for grabs for at least another week. No teams have yet been eliminated, though that could change by Sunday.

The Eastern Conference is much tighter. No teams have clinched any of their five berths, althought New England and Toronto have been eliminated.

Playoff Outlook: One team in, one eliminated heading into weekend

SJ has clinched a spot, Toronto no longer can, plus two more possibilities on Saturday
Playoff Scenarios
Playoff Scenarios
ColoradoRapids.com

Heading into last weekend, all 10 MLS Cup Playoff berths were still up for grabs. That changed over the course of the 5 days.

Matchday Welcome: Rapids host Portland Timbers

Rapids seek revenge against Timbers on NBC Sports
Matchday Welcome: Rapids host POR
Welcome Message
ColoradoRapids.com

The letter below is part of the Colorado Rapids' new digital program, created for every Rapids home game. The program features exclusive content about the match, the players, and  information about Dick's Sporting Goods Park. You can use any QR scanner, like Scaneroo, free from the Apple App Store, and QR Barcode Scanner, from the Android Market, to access the Match Day Program.

Matchday Welcome: Rapids host Chivas USA

Rapids seek three points against Chivas USA
Matchday Welcome: Rapids host CHV
Welcome Message
ColoradoRapids.com

The letter below is part of the Colorado Rapids' new digital program, created for every Rapids home game. The program features exclusive content about the match, the players, and  information about Dick's Sporting Goods Park. You can use any QR scanner, like Scaneroo, free from the Apple App Store, and QR Barcode Scanner, from the Android Market, to access the Match Day Program.

New tiebreaker rules will determine end of season standings

Teams tied on points will be determined first by most goals scored, no longer head-to-head
New Tiebreakers in Place
New tiebreaker rules
MLS Communications

NEW YORK (Wednesday, August 8, 2012) – As Major League Soccer enters the final third of its 2012 regular season, each match takes on increased importance. Only the top five clubs in each conference will qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs, which will begin Oct. 31 and conclude Dec. 1 with MLS Cup, hosted by the finalist with the better regular season record.

Matchday Welcome: Rapids host Real Salt Lake

Rapids host league rivals in third leg of Subaru Rocky Mountain Cup
Matchday Welcome: Rapids host RSL
Welcome Message
ColoradoRapids.com

The letter below is part of the Colorado Rapids' new digital program, created for every Rapids home game. The program features exclusive content about the match, the players, and  information about Dick's Sporting Goods Park. You can use any QR scanner, like Scaneroo, free from the Apple App Store, and QR Barcode Scanner, from the Android Market, to access the Match Day Program.

MLS, adidas to launch first "smart soccer league" in 2013

adidas micoach Elite System to debut at 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, fully integrated in 2013
This is Smart Soccer
Smart Soccer
MLS Communications

NEW YORK – adidas and Major League Soccer today announced that MLS will integrate the adidas micoach Elite System league-wide in 2013, marking the world’s first “smart league.”  The announcement comes ahead of the 2012 AT&T MLS All-Star Game, which is set to be the world’s first “smart game” integrating the micoach Elite System. 

After slow June, team prepares for long stretch before next break

Stretch includes 12 matches against Western foes, including 8 at home
Approaching Long Run
Long Run Nears

Commerce City, Colo. - After having three of the past four weekends off, the Rapids begin a stretch playing on 10 consecutive weekends on Saturday when they host the Portland Timbers at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (7 pm MT, TICKETS).

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