WASHINGTON - MAY 5: Marvell Wynne #22 of the Colorado Rapids controls the ball against Christian Castillo #12 of D.C. United at RFK Stadium on May 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
The Rapids were pretty darn good at home last year, I don't think anyone is surprised at hearing that. With only two losses at altitude, their performance at home was one of the big reasons that they were able to not only make the playoffs but win two games on their way to making and winning the MLS Cup Final. Their first loss was to the eventual Supporters Shield winning LA Galaxy which is understandable, but their other loss is the one we'll focus on today, the streak busting - and generally embarrassing - loss to DC United.
When I say 'streak busting' I'm referring to the long standing MLS tradition - that might not be the right word - between the Colorado Rapids and DC United of splitting the season series to the tune of United winning every game they play at home and the Rapids winning every game they play at altitude. Those respective streaks had been going on since 1999 and 2000 respectively. The roles were reversed last year as Colorado was able to squeak out a win at RFK Stadium with Mehdi Ballouchy of all people getting the lone goal for them, and DC United took on a weakened Colorado team at Dick's Sporting Goods Park getting a 1-0 surprise victory.
Colorado is already 1-0 this year at home after beating the Portland Timbers 3-1, they need to keep that form going. If the ghosts of the loss last year haunt them - unlikely but I've seen it happen - there could be another sigh-worthy day at Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the fans. I'm not suggesting that they lose on purpose at RFK just to get the old familiarity back between the two teams, but hey... it's always worked in the past.