May did not go quite as the Colorado Rapids would have wanted.
They ended the month with a 1-2-2 record to bring their tally to 2-4-7 on the year which still has them in tenth place in the Western Conference. The Rapids are six points from a playoff berth which make the four Major League Soccer matches in June quite critical for them. Come out of the month with at least two wins and things are looking OK. Struggle as they have, they could find themselves out of the playoff race before the season gets to the halfway point.
Here is the schedule and my predictions:
June 7: at Real Salt Lake--3:00 PM MDT (ESPN NEWS)
The first match in the 2015 edition of the Rocky Mountain Cup (they also play 7/11 and 10/4) will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah and it could be a great chance for the Rapids to grab a surprise result. The Burgundy Boys are getting a slight break as both Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando will be missing due to International Duty with the USMNT. This may benefit the Rapids if they can figure out a way to play better then they did in the last week, but historically they have struggled at Rio Tinto. That being said, I think the Rapids are significantly pissed off in this match (after losing the cup last year and playing terrible in two consecutive losses) and they will shock MLS and grab a 2-1 victory.
June 19: vs FC Dallas--7:00 PM MDT (Unimas)
This will be the final regular season meeting for the Hoops and the Rapids and if the home side is serious about getting back into this playoff race, they absolutely must win this game. The problem is for the Rapids is that their home form has simply been atrocious and they can't seem to get out of the blocks. In five of the last six home matches, the Rapids gave up the first goal. The only time they did not: they won. This has to change and it will against FC Dallas in a 1-0 victory for the Rapids.
June 24: at Orlando City--5:30 PM MDT (Altitude)
The Rapids will play Orlando City for the third time, but for the first time in MLS play when the Lads head down to the Citrus Bowl. This is a tricky match to predict as the Lions have been up and down this year and the Rapids have been very good on the road. Both clubs are playing this match on short rest (the Lions are in Montreal on the 20th) which may benefit the Rapids and I think it is enough for the teams to split the points in a 1-1 draw.
June 27: at Sporting Kansas City--6:30 PM MDT (Altitude)
I lost a lot of respect for Sporting when they
chickened out were unable to play when the Rapids were there in May. I want to say we are going to beat the snot out of them and get some revenge, but this match seems a road too far for the Rapids. This should be the last match before the Gold Cup call-ups begin so the Rapids are a bit unlucky there, but that will not matter. This feels like a 3-1 loss for the good guys.
There you have it. I am going to say the Rapids come out of June with a 2-1-1 record which may be overly optimistic based on their current form (DDWLL). But the truth is for the Rapids if they don't start playing better soon, there is no chance of making the playoffs. That run has to start now.