- 83' – COL – Kellyn Acosta | WATCH
The Rapids are going to the playoffs. Colorado got its second straight win against another impressive Western Conference opponent thanks to a goal from Kellyn Acosta in the 83rd minute. The game was a grind, with each team having stretches of dominance, but Colorado earned a clean sheet thanks to stout defense, and the substitution of Acosta provided the fire power needed to get the win.
The Colorado Rapids, thanks to a 1-0 win Wednesday night at the Portland Timbers, have clinched a Western Conference spot in the Audi 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. The result saw Portland lose their grip on the West’s No. 1 seed heading into Decision Day presented by AT&T, a perch that now belongs to Sporting Kansas City.
Colorado found the breakthrough in the 83rd minute through midfielder Kellyn Acosta, who picked out the top corner with a right-footed finish. Acosta was slipped through by Diego Rubio, who fought off a challenge atop the 18-yard box.
The Rapids thought they had a prime chance to make it 1-0 in the 15th minute when a penalty kick was awarded. But the on-field call was reversed after Video Review took a closer look at the sequence that saw Rubio’s wayward touch deflect onto Portland center back Bill Tuiloma’s foot and then his arm.
Portland failed to land any of their 11 shots on target, though nearly found a dramatic late equalizer. Dairon Asprilla struck the post in the 96th minute, with the Colombian forward nearly making a dream return from injury.