On Sunday evening, the Colorado Rapids will play host to bitter rivals Real Salt Lake in the final edition of the Rocky Mountain Cup of the 2015 campaign. With a win, the Rapids will have something to celebrate after a largely forgettable season. The club is still bottom of the Western Conference, but RSL sit only one place above Colorado in 9th position.
Colorado (8-12-10, 34 points), were on the wrong end of a 3-2 loss away at Houston Dynamo last weekend. The Rapids conceded goals at the beginning of each half and weren't able to fully recover. Vicente Sanchez was able to score a pair of first-half goals, but it was not enough as Houston earned all three points at the BBVA Compass Stadium.
Real Salt Lake (10-12-8, 38 points) are all but eliminated from the playoff race after losing a tight 1-0 decision to San Jose Earthquakes on the weekend. Matias Perez Garcia was able to get a deflected goal that claimed the spoils for the Earthquakes. Garcia was subsequently shown a red card after his goal as his excessive celebration earned him a second bookable offense.
The match on Sunday evening will be the first of two final home games for Colorado this season, with the last home match being against Montreal on October 10th. A victory over RSL would be a big boost to not only the club but the fans as well. The Rapids have languished near the bottom of the table for much of the season, and the Rocky Mountain Cup returned to the front range of the Rocky Mountains would be delightful for the Colorado supporters.