Colorado's chances of hosting a playoff game, or even avoiding the play-in game entirely, went out the window after their lackluster showing against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday night. There was still another game to watch though, with the LA Galaxy and Seattle Sounders battling it out for the third spot in the Western Conference and, with it, avoidance of the play-in. Seattle ended up drawing with the Galaxy under somewhat controversial circumstances -- by which I mean 'LA scored two, only one counted' -- and that result means that the Rapids will head to Seattle for the play-in game mid-week.
Last time these two teams played, it was a slaughter very much in the wrong direction for the Rave Green. Seattle have historically not been incredibly fearsome in the MLS Cup playoffs -- their recent form to end the regular season hasn't helped that particular bit of momentum either -- but history is on their side in one case: the Rapids have only ever taken a single point out of their home stadium, that coming earlier this season.
Considering Colorado's road woes this year, it would really be something if they were able to come out of there with a win.
We'll see the exact dates and times later, once the Rapids have released them. It looks like the match will be at 8:30 p.m. MT, and will not be nationally televised, since the MLS site lists it officially as being on 'MLS Live'.