So that July was pretty awesome, right? Three wins on the spin and the Colorado Rapids
vaulted up the table were able to get some nice momentum going heading into August. The three wins were quite impressive from the perspective that the club was able to get their confidence back and perhaps set themselves up for a run. But two of those wins came against decimated teams (Real Salt Lake and Seattle Sounders) so I am a little unwilling to drink the Rapids Kool-Aid just yet.
Win the next two at home, and I will be a believer again.
The Rapids August is not that difficult as they are hitting teams that are having some struggles and they have four of six at home. And to be blunt, all four home games are must wins. To have any shot at the playoffs, the Rapids need to win four this month. Nothing less will do. Not to be all melodramatic about it, but the Rapids need to be as close to 40 points as they can after this month and with four winnable games at Richards, the time is now.
Saturday, August 1--LA Galaxy--7:00 PM MDT--Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Much like the games against RSL and Seattle, the Rapids could be catching the Galaxy at a good time. There are some injury concerns with Robbie Keane and Steven Gerrard along with possible tired legs of Gyasi Zardes, Juninho, and Omar Gonzalez (all All-Stars). Irrespective of who will actually be in Commerce City for Los Angeles, it is more about the Rapids continuing to play like they have in their last three. If they can do this, they can upset the Galaxy at DSGP. Call this a Rapids 2-1 win.
Saturday, August 8--Columbus Crew SC--7:00 PM MDT--Dick's Sporting Goods Park
The Crew are a good team and one completely capable of grabbing a win at DSGP. They feature Kei Kamara and Ethan Finlay who are the real deal and this match will be very tough on the Rapids. The Crew are squarely in the playoff hunt and a road win would be massive for them. This feels like a 1-1 draw for the Burgundy Boys.
Friday, August 14--San Jose Earthquakes--9:00 PM MDT--Avaya Stadium
Ugh. The Quakes. The Rapids have not beaten San Jose since 2011 and this will not change as the Rapids lose in their first trip to the new Avaya Stadium 2-0.
Saturday, August 22--Chicago Fire--6:30 PM MDT--Toyota Park
The Rapids will take off to play the Fire for the only time in 2015 and this is the more winnable of the two road games in August and I believe they will win this one 1-0 on the strength of a late goal from Marcelo Sarvas.
Wednesday, August 26--Houston Dynamo--7:00 PM MDT--Dick's Sporting Goods Park
The Rapids finish August with two in a row at home and they take on a very beatable, but highly unpredictable, Houston team. This will be the third of four meetings for the two clubs in 2015, and this won ends in a comprehensive 3-0 victory for the Rapids.
Saturday, August 29--Sporting Kansas City--7:00 PM MDT--Dick's Sporting Goods Park
The Rapids month ends as it begins with a very difficult Western Conference match-up at home, this time against Sporting Kansas City. SKC Supporters will be in full force, with over 1,000 expected for this one at DSGP. I really want to call this a win for the Rapids, but I just do not see it happening. 3-1 win for SKC.
This would make the Rapids August record at 4-1-1 which if I am correct would leave them at 37 points and in better shape to make a run. Am I ready to drink the Kool-Aid? Ask me on August 30.