After a week where Colorado Rapids put up their best offensive display of the season, they followed it up with a terrible display that made qualifying for the postseason a bit more daunting. A 1-0 defeat at the hands of San Jose Earthquakes left the Rapids one point in front of the Quakes with two matches remaining.
Here is The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Colorado Rapids Week 33
Destiny in their Hands - For as bad as the Rapids looked, and they looked terrible, the Burgundy Boys still control their playoff destiny. Beat Vancouver Whitecaps twice and the Rapids are in. While there are other possibilities that get them into the top 5, a win in Commerce City on Saturday and a win in British Columbia on the 27th and the Rapids are in.
Finding Consistency - Whereas the victory over Seattle Sounders was great for the club and the lads played tremendous football, the loss to the Quakes was terrible. There was no offensive push, zero sense of urgency, and the team let the Quakes assert their will over them. For a team battling for the playoffs, the Rapids put in a forgettable performance.
Pulling an Arena - For the bulk of the year, Oscar Pareja has had all of the answers and has made the right moves. He had never made excuses and has always held himself accountable for himself and the teams actions. But his comments after the Quakes game were unacceptable. Regardless of the brand of football that the Quakes played, they were more prepared that night than the Rapids were. That falls on the head coach. Complaining about the style the Quakes play overlooks the fact that the Rapids javelin not defeated them since 2011.
With just two games left the Rapids are battling for a playoff spot. With what is essentially a two game playoff with Vancouver, everything is possible for the Rapids. A sellout crowd with greet the boys for the final (regular season) home match of 2013. With a year that started with zero expectations that have turned into Cup aspirations, I expect a battling and pissed off Rapids team to take the pitch and take the final steps to a playoff berth.