A tough loss in a tough place to play dropped Colorado Rapids into fifth place in the Western Conference table. A 1-0 defeat to Portland Timbers leaves the Rapids in playoff position, but with results over the weekend have made the path to the playoffs much more challenging.
Time for The Good, The Bad, The Ugly.
Decent Effort, No Result - The result in Portland was certainly not from a lack of effort. The lads played very well for stretches of the match, and looked prepared to play. The pace and fitness was there and the Starting XI did their best to put the ball in the net. But in sport sometimes you can play your best and still not get the result that is deserved.
The Missed Opportunity - Although the Rapids played well in stretches, they ultimately could not put the ball in the back of the net. When looking at the totality of this match, it will go down as a missed opportunity. Much like the first FC Dallas game and the DC United game, dropping points when you outplay your opponent is difficult. You have to hope that the Rapids do not look back at this game and wonder what should have been.
Four Games Left - The truth is this: there are four games left and 12 possible points out there. Teams chasing the Rapids in the Western Conference all had vital victories over the weekend, and the Rapids are off until October 5. It is possible that they could be separated by just one point from their nearest pursuer before they take the field against Seattle.
The Rapids have four tough games in October, all against playoff teams. But two of those games are at home sandwiched around a trip to San Jose and Vancouver. They now control their destiny. If the Rapids take care of business, they cannot be caught for a playoff spot. That should be enough for the team to realize that Portland was a missed opportunity, but there is all to play for in the final month of the season.