The Charlotte Independence had one hell of a week. The Colorado Rapids also had one hell of a week. Albeit for completely different reasons. The Independence wrapped their week with two victories but the Rapids tied another winnable game at home to leave their playoff chances hanging by the thinnest of margins.
The #OneClub Report:
1) Declaration Day: No one in their right mind saw the Independence knocking off the New England Revolution in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup. And it is not because the Independence are not a good squad, but they were playing the MLS runners up on the road and Charlotte had not been playing all that great. But after a wonder strike in the 55th minute by Jorge Herrera, Charlotte booked their place in the Fifth Round.
2) The Centennial Derby: The Rapids took on the Colorado Springs Switchbacks on Tuesday night and were able to put 4 on the board en route to a 4-1 win over their neighbors to the south. The win was massive as it was just the third time all year the Rapids have won a match and it helped them book their place in the Fifth Round.
3) Speaking of that Fifth Round: the, ahem, "Random Draw" did not do the Independence or Rapids any favors as both clubs will be on the road. The Rapids play at Houston Dynamo in June 30 whilst the Independence also play on the 30th at Chicago Fire.
4) A Win: The Independence picked up a massive 2-1 victory over Charleston Battery on Saturday to push them within four points of a playoff spot with two games in hand. A last gasp winner by Tomasz Zahorski sealed it for Charlotte in a match that also saw Caleb Calvert and Ben Newnam feature.
5) And a Draw: For the Burgundy Boys, it was the same thing, just a different day in Commerce City. They played well enough to not lose, but not well enough to win. A ninth tie for the Rapids is getting comical for the Rapids as this season is slowing becoming irrelevant.
Charlotte in back in action on Friday at 5:30 PM MDT at home against Richmond Kickers while the Rapids play Orlando City this Wednesday at 5:30 PM MDT and then travel to play Sporting Kansas City on Saturday at 6:30 PM MDT