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Sporting Kansas City vs Colorado Rapids - Match Preview

On Wednesday, October 20th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Sporting Park in Kansas City, KS to take on Sporting KC for the third and final time this season. Kickoff is set for 6:30pm MT and the match will be broadcast on Altitude 2.

Hungarian International Krisztian Nemeth has had a fantastic season for Sporting KC.
Hungarian International Krisztian Nemeth has had a fantastic season for Sporting KC.
Jennifer Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids have two more matches remaining in 2015. One of those is Wednesday evening against Sporting Kansas City at Sporting Park. This fixture was originally supposed to be played in May, but severe Thunderstorms prevented the match from being played. Since the Rapids defeated SKC in Commerce City, CO on August 29th, the club has lost 5 of the past 6 games.

Colorado (8-14-10, 34 points) did not play on the weekend. However, on Saturday, October 10th, the Rapids fell victim to a Didier Drogba free kick and were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline in the home finale at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. It was an incredibly disappointing way to close out Fan Appreciation Day but at the end of the day, the club has not been good enough all season and are deservedly bottom of the Western Conference.

Sporting KC (13-10-9, 48 points) are coming off a 1-0 loss to San Jose the previous week. However, with a win over Colorado, the Kansas-based club could qualify for the MLS postseason on Wednesday. Krisztián Németh, Dom Dwyer, and Benny Feilhaber have all scored 10 or more goals this season. They are the only MLS club to have three players with double-digit goals.

Normally, a struggling soccer club could say that a head coach would need to win the last couple games in order to keep their job. Regardless of an awful season for the Rapids, the club has stuck by head coach Pablo Mastroeni and have given no indication they are willing to make a coaching change going into the offseason. The Rapids final game of 2015 will be away at Portland on Sunday, October 25th.