After playing six games over 23 days - in Chicago, Portland, Montreal and Colorado - some Rapids players were able to take a bit of time to re-charge during the bye week.
But it was a short breather as the team will play two matches this week, starting Wednesday at home against the New England Revolution (7:00 p.m. MT, TICKETS) and Saturday in Seattle against the Sounders (2:00 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).
"We had a tough series of games on the road and at home with quick turnarounds, so we took some time to get some rest but then switched back on really quickly to get ready for another stretch of games," midfielder Nathan Strurgis told ColoradoRapids.com.
Despite the week off from League play, Colorado did not lose ground in the Western Conference standings. At 7-7-6 (27 points), the Rapids sit in sixth place. However the teams are so close together, that two Colorado wins this week could see the Rapids move up as high as second place, pending other results (FULL STANDINGS).
"It's tight, that's how it always is in this league," Sturgis said of the standings. "There's not too much difference between all the teams, so it's playoff time right now. Everybody's still in it. This next month, or two months, of the season is going to really determine who rises to the top, so it's really important for us starting on Wednesday."
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Of the remaining 14 games, 12 are against Western Conference opponents. Wednesday's match against New England the match at Sporting KC on August 31 are the only two games left against the East.
Colorado enters the week on a modest three-game unbeaten run. And they know that if they want to continue staying in contention, they'll need to improve on their 4-3-3 home record with only seven home games left on the schedule.
"We've done pretty well so far, but if you want to make the playoffs, you have to win your games at home," Sturgis said. "There's not a whole lot of room to drop points at this stage because it's so tight and the other teams are pushing. So we really have to take care of business."