The Colorado Rapids just have three matches remaining in the 2016 regular season and the Rocky Mountain side have found themselves in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield Trophy, which awards the team in Major League Soccer with the best overall record in the league. Based off the past two seasons, the likelihood of this occurring was quite low, but the Rapids have silenced their doubters and will finish no worse then 2nd place in the Western Conference.
Colorado (14-5-12, 54 points) have had a remarkable season and are currently in 2nd place in the Western Conference. However, there is still a chance they can not only secure a top finish in the West, but 1st place overall in the league. The Rapids secured a wild 3-2 win over Houston Dynamo on the weekend. Dominique Badji had a brace while Shkelzen Gashi had the eventual winner.
San Jose (8-10-13, 37 points) are essentially playing for pride at this point. They are still in the playoff race, but it is unlikely the Northern California side will qualify for the postseason. San Jose did not play this past weekend, but most recently defeated Real Salt Lake 2-1 on October 1st at Avaya Stadium. Simon Dawkins and Fatai Alashe found the scoresheet to condemn Real Salt Lake to defeat.
Pablo Mastroeni knows that his team has destiny in their own hands when it comes to the Supporters’ Shield. If Colorado wins their final three games, they will be the top overall team in the league, regardless of what happens in FC Dallas’ final two matches. If Colorado wins over San Jose on Thursday evening, the fans can dream of another potential trophy.