The Daily Wave: Bye Week MLS Notes.

Bye Week Thoughts - Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

With the Rapids enjoying another bye week in the midst of a playoff race, there is nothing to do but watch the matches this week and think about the other news in MLS.

A few notes to get us through this bye week before the Sounders game on October 5th:

- He was arguably the biggest thorn in the Colorado Rapids side from 2005-08. No I'm not talking about Clint Mathis' effort and performance. I'm joyful that Brian Ching is retiring after the season and will be the first player to get a testimonial match in the MLS. Which will happen on December 13th in Houston. Ching led the Dynamo to back to back MLS Cups in their expansion year in 2006 and then did it again in 2007. Along with another MLS Cup in San Jose Ching is a proven veteran, the leading scorer against the Colorado Rapids in a single game and all time. Ching was on the team that downed the Rapids in the 2006 Western Conference final. I remember him coming on as a sub onto the pitch at Invesco Field At Mile High and scoring two goals like it was nothing. I'm sure the Rapids front office is glad to see him go even though he hasn't contributed much this year.

- Seattle Sounders, winners of eight of ten to rocket themselves to the top of the supporters shield table, might be without newcomer Clint Dempsey again this weekend. While it would be good for the Rapids as a team to play against the Sounders without Dempsey next weekend the Sounders are on a hot streak. The Rapids have had two six game plus point streaks. Not having Dempsey on the field hurt them last weekend when they tied the LA Galaxy. Hopefully Dempsey will make it back for the playoffs but not in time for the Rapids game next weekend. He has already done enough at DSGP this year. Plus, according to the commenters from this post, fans don't care about watching the star players from other teams. That's not why people buy tickets to Rapids matches. Judging from the last few season's Galaxy matches, I feel that those people don't understand how sports work.

- The Rapids current position in the Western conference table is 5th place by four points over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Out of the Whitecap's five games left. They play Salt Lake, Seattle, Portland, and the Rapids twice. All Playoff teams. Except for the Cascadia Cup match-ups, where you have to throw out the records, all are going to be tough for the Whitecaps. It probably will come down to the last two games of the season with the Rapids. Which is going to be a must win for Colorado on Saturday October 19th. So if the Burgundy Wave doesn't do another who are Rapids fans rooting for guide this week. We want a tie between Salt Lake and Vancouver. Also a tie between LA and Portland.

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