COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 27: Omar Cummings #14 of the Colorado Rapids walks off the field as the man of the match tallying the only goal against the Columbus Crew at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on October 27, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. The Rapids defeated the Crew 1-0 to advance to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against Sporting Kansas City. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City played both of their games this season to 1-1 final scores. For the Sporks, the two goals were spread between Graham Zusi and no-longer-with-the-squad Ryan Smith, but the Rapids relied on the services of Conor Casey for both of their goals in the regular season series.
Conor won't be available obviously for the matches against Sporting in the next week, so it's going to be up to the other members of the Colorado offense to give some life to the team. While Colorado does have a very good defense, it probably won't be enough to contain the very powerful SKC offensive striker group. To win the two legged series, the Rapids will have to either keep level with or outgun SKC's offense.
Omar Cummings didn't play all that well against the Columbus Crew for most of the match and in fact had a pretty bad season altogether. However, he was finally able to put a goal away right before stoppage time against Columbus and with the way that football works, it can sometimes just be a confidence game. Omar showed last year that he has the ability to pile in goals once he gets on a hot streak, and this would be the most ideal time all season for Omar to recover himself from a lackluster season with a brilliant playoffs.
With no Kansas killing Casey in the lineup, it's going to need to be Cummings or someone else taking the duties.