The Colorado Rapids may be the current reigning MLS Cup champions, but that still hasn't taken all the sting out of their recent run of terrible results against their arch rivals from Utah, Real Salt Lake. Not only has the Rocky Mountain Cup stayed out of Colorado for all but the first two years of its existence, but Colorado is also looking to snap a five game streak without a win against their rivals stretching back to 2009.
Colorado's last win against their arch-rivals was back in May of 2009, when they won 2-0 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in the year that RSL wound up making it to the MLS Cup final and winning. Since that win against Salt Lake, Colorado has gone 0-2-3 against them. Not a terrible clip until you realize that in two of those three draws Colorado had a lead at some point, specifically the last game of the season in 2010 when Colorado blew a 2-0 lead in stoppage time as a Matt Pickens mistake and a questionable penalty at the death gave Salt Lake the surprise draw.
Of course, that draw put Colorado against Columbus instead of LA in the playoffs and might have given them the easy route to the MLS Cup finals to play Dallas, but that's another story.
Colorado will be looking to snap both that five game winless streak against their rivals - it will probably be better this season since it's not a clinching final game of the season like it was in 09 - and also get the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time in four seasons. After losing 1-0 to Salt Lake the first time they met this season, Colorado needs to win by at least two goals in order to get the Rocky Mountain Cup back due to the 'retaining' rules that will keep the Cup in Utah if the aggregate goals are a draw, regardless of away goals.
If Colorado doesn't win their second MLS Cup trophy this season - looking likely with their streaky form, unfortunately - a win over their rivals and getting the RMC back could at the very least give Colorado a shot in the arm in what has been a so far disappointing season.