The Colorado Rapids season ended nearly a month ago, but that does not mean that soccer is over for us here in the Centennial State. There are a couple of live matches that can be taken in this weekend in Colorado in addition to two Major League Soccer Conference Finals on television.
Your Colorado Soccer Sunday could look like this:
Harpo's FC vs Colorado Rush
Match Date/Time: Sunday, November 22 at 2:00 PM MST
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park Field 8--Commerce City, Colorado
What's On The Line: This is the Second Qualifying Round for the 2016 US Open Cup with the winner of this one heads to the Third Qualifying Round in April 2016. If you remember from the 2015 edition of the Cup, Harpo's FC progressed into the second round, losing 2-1 to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC after knocking of BYU in the first round on the road.
Match Date/Time: Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 PM MST
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium--Columbus, Ohio
TV Information: ESPN, ESPN Deportes
OnLine Information: Watch ESPN
What's On The Line: Well, this is Leg One of the Eastern Conference Finals, so it is pretty clear what is at stake. For the Crew, they want to grab a win in this one and try and hold the Metros to a clean sheet. A 2-0 win for Crew SC would do nicely, but the Red Bulls seem to be a team on a mission. I am not sure if New York wins this one, but they certainly grab at least one away goal in Columbus on Sunday.
University of Denver vs SMU
Match Date/Time: Sunday, November 22 at 5:00 PM MST
Venue: Ciber Field--University of Denver--Denver, Colorado
Admissions: Click here for tickets.
What's On The Line: The #18 ranked Pioneers have a bye into the second round of the NCAA tournament and will look to build upon their 15-0-3 record. Should DU win on Sunday, they could be looking at a date against #6 Akron on November 28/29.
Match Date/Time: Sunday, November 22 at 5:30 PM MST
Venue: Providence Park--Portland, Oregon
TV Information: Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes
OnLine Information: MLS Live (Blackouts May Apply)
What's On The Line: Again, this one is pretty clear for both teams. But for the Timbers, this is a MUST win for them in Portland. I do not see a scenario where they do not get a result in this one and then somehow grab one in Frisco next week. FC Dallas seems to be a team that wants to erase the memory of the 2010 MLS Cup Championship, and they should handle the Timbers in this series. That being said, Caleb Porter has a way of getting his Timbers teams up for games like this and I fully expect them to be ready to go and will use their homefield advantage in this match.