The Colorado Rapids only have three matches remaining in the Major League Soccer regular season. The Rocky Mountain club has come very close to qualifying for the postseason and could potentially do just that on Wednesday if the Rapids win and other results go in their favor.
Colorado (13-9-9) made a complete mockery of the Seattle Sounders on the weekend in a 5-1 demolition of the Emerald City club at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Deshorn Brown scored the second-fastest goal in MLS history after Gabriel Torres found the speedy forward and calmly slid it past an on-rushing Michael Gspurning. The Swiss goalkeeper made some fantastic saves to actually keep the result from being beyond farcical.
San Jose (12-11-8) are currently four points back from Colorado and LA Galaxy. The Bay-Area club still has a chance to qualify for the postseason, but time is running out. The team will desperately need a result against a Colorado side that is teeming with confidence. However, The Rapids will be without Gabriel Torres and DeShorn Brown as both players have been called in for the final 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Panama and Jamaica.
The Earthquakes have had a congested schedule as the club has competed in the 2013 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League. The Rapids will also have to contain forwards Alan Gordon and Chris Wondolowski. Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja has continued to show faith in a number of young players, but the Colombian manager will have to possibly look at veteran Edson Buddle as the man to lead the Rapids up front on Wednesday evening.