A View From The South Stands: Is The Magic Still There?

TORONTO ON - NOVEMBER 21: Captain Pablo Mastroeni #25 of the Colorado Rapids holds the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy and celebrates with teammates after their 2-1 overtime victory against FC Dallas during the 2010 MLS Cup match at BMO Field on November 21 2010 in Toronto Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

With eight games left in the season, our Colorado Rapids are 11 points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. With two games in the next seven days against fellow Western cellar dweller, the Portland Timbers, the Rapids have a chance to jump to within 5 points of the playoffs with 6 games left to go. If the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Vancouver Whitecaps in LA on Saturday, and the Seattle Sounders beat FC Dallas in Dallas on Sunday the Rapids will be within 5 points of Vancouver for that last playoff spot.

Now I know there are a lot of ifs, ands, and buts, (and lord knows I have seen nothing in the Rapids over the last couple of months to suggest that they are able to go on a miracle run) but the Rapids are still very much alive in the race for the MLS championship.

Our burgundy boys have a very tough row to hoe here though. After the back-to-back games with the Portland Timbers the Rapids have 3 games against western conference teams that can directly affect their playoff standing. Starting with going on the road to Los Angeles to take on the Galaxy on September 14th, followed by a trip to Vancouver, Canada to take on the Whitecaps, and then coming back home to face the Galaxy for the final time of the year.

The Rapids really have nothing left to lose this year now, and everything to gain. If the Rapids can pull out 3 wins out of these next 5 games and hopefully a draw as well they can go into the final month of the season, and final 3 games, within 1 point of the final playoff spot.

We all know that this team has the talent to do this, especially when the teams we are playing are all close to us in the standings and can directly affect our standings. The only game that is not against a Western Conference opponent is Houston for the final game of the year.

While some of conceded to playing for the wooden spoon, I have chosen to start to look more on the bright side. With so many games that have this much impact I say what we need to do is show this team that we as fans still care and push them as hard as we can through cheering, chanting, and just plain showing up to all the games. Give this team the support that I know we all can, and hopefully they can pull off a miracle run like they did in 2010.

By next Thursday we will know whether or not we will have the wooden spoon or if we are in the thick of a playoff chase. Lets all hope that it’s the latter of those options.


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