I know, the title implies that the Rapids don't already have an advantage over the Reds, but despite the fact that Colorado is a better team in most ways and their record is worlds better - I'm in denial here, all right? - there's another distinct advantage that the Rapids might be seeing from the Reds on Sunday.
The Voyageurs Cup is in it's final stage right now and Toronto not only played a game for it with pretty much a full A squad out on the pitch last night, but they're also going to be looking hungrily to win it. (In other news, it's a good thing to finally be facing a team in a situation where they're on short rest rather than the other way around for once this season, eh?)
Check after the jump for why I think that the Canadian Cup might give the Rapids of all teams a smile come this Sunday.
Thanks to the Voyageurs Cup Toronto FC might just have other things in mind right now as their game against the Rapids falls right in the middle of the two legs of the cup final against Vancouver Whitecaps, with the second leg coming Wednesday. The fact that they were able to snag a hard-fought 1-1 draw in Vancouver might mean that this Rapids game is just cheese before Wednesday's return leg at Toronto. After all, the team is all but out of contention in MLS this season and are not only playing against their biggest Canadian rivals - the only other team in MLS from Canuckistan of course - and going for both a CONCACAF Champions League berth and their third straight win of the only official silverware that can be won in Canadian football.
Toronto might have been beat up a bit in that game as well. Tony Tchani and Jacob Peterson both got hurt in the second half of that first leg in Vancouver, which could spell disaster for an already depth starved Toronto side, even against a Rapids team that certainly won't be at their best. The midfielder Tchiani - the centerpiece of that trade with New York that got rid of Dwayne De Rosario - will probably be the bigger loss of the two from a Toronto perspective, although I will be the first to admit that I don't know
This isn't nearly as exciting as it would be if the game this weekend were actually in Toronto rather than Commerce City, since this might provide the Rapids with their first ever opportunity to get a win at BMO Field, but any advantage that the still banged up Rapids can get is a good advantage in my book. So in that case, go go Toronto in the Cup final here, especially if looking ahead to that can get the Rapids an advantage on the pitch on Sunday.