COMMERCE CITY, CO - OCTOBER 30: A Colorado Rapids fan shows his support before a game against Sporting Kansas City during the Eastern Conference Semifinals game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park October 30, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. Sporting Kansas City won the game 2-0. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)
With only eight days remaining until first kick, Burgundy Wave is going to do a countdown of the ten most important things to watch on the Colorado Rapids in 2012 if they want to get themselves a run at their second MLS Cup. .
One of the biggest reasons that the Colorado Rapids were able to scrape together a playoff spot in 2010 was their home record. They were almost impossible to defeat at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, with only two losses to their name. Those were against the best team in the league (LA Galaxy) and the worst team in the league, but on a day when Gary Smith decided to rest pretty much all of his starters (DC United).Last year the Rapids didn't have quite as much luck at home, considering being up 5280 feet high at DSGP is supposed to be their biggest advantage at a team. They started off well, recording 3-1 and 4-1 wins over the Portland Timbers and DC United, but their form immediately began to drop at that point.
All right, to be fair, they still only had two losses at home last season - the 1-0 loss to the Sounders after Brian Mullan got his red card and the 3-1 loss to the Galaxy where Drew Moor scored an own goal - but they still could have stood to get some more wins instead of having more ties than wins and losses put together. (6-2-9)
Sure, you could blame the injuries for some of that but there were quite a few times in 2011 when the team let down the home fans by outplaying the competition but not getting the W in the end. We can probably expect another road record similar to last year's 6-7-4 so they'll need to bump up the home points to clinch a playoff berth that isn't last second like it has been the past few years.