The 2014 MLS season for the Colorado Rapids will come to a conclusion on Saturday evening in British Columbia as the Rapids will play at the BC Place for the second time this season against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The past three months have been an utter disaster for the Rocky Mountain side as the team is in the midst of a 13-game winless streak.
Colorado (8-17-8) played their final home at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on the weekend and lost to Western Conference rivals FC Dallas by a scoreline of 1-0. A second half penalty kick from Blas Perez was the difference as FC Dallas were victorious over the Rapids for a third time this season. Colorado finished the game with 10 men as Jared Watts was sent off for a second bookable offense late in the game.
Vancouver (11-8-14) are in the hunt for a playoff spot, and would qualify for the postseason should they defeat the Rapids. However, a loss to Colorado and a Portland win would condemn the Whitecaps to missing out on the playoffs. Vancouver most recently played to a scoreless draw against San Jose at Buck Shaw Stadium. A win would have all but wrapped up a playoff spot, but the draw makes for a nervy final match against Colorado.
Several questions remain for the Colorado Rapids heading into the offseason regardless of whether the club wins or loses. Rapids President Tim Hinchey has publicly supported head coach Pablo Mastroeni and it is also known that the Rapids front office will pursue a second Designated Player in the January transfer window. Coming back to the present, Rapids fans can only hope that Colorado can end the longest winless streak in club history on Saturday's finale.