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The Colorado Rapids are in the CONCACAF Champions League—Huzzah!

The Rapids might have lost yesterday, but something exciting still happened thanks to an NYCFC loss.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Portland Timbers Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

With a New York City FC loss yesterday, the Colorado Rapids (who were dead last in the Western Conference in 2014 and 2015) secured a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Think about this, gang. Rapids fans are having conversations about what it takes to win the Supporters Shield. ESPN analysts all during the game were effusive in their positivity about our team and its depth, our coach, on our style of play that’s so effective. Our boys also played four games in 14 days, picking up nine points along the way. In any other run during the season, that would be reason enough to celebrate.

Did this result dampen your thoughts on the season? I can only answer for me—and that answer is, “Not this guy’s.” Sure, Pablo could have used more than one substitution at his disposal. But whatever adjustments they made at the half worked—something that didn’t happen in 2014 and 2015. They kept possession, made a lot of noise around goal, but just couldn’t put any in the back of the net. Tim Howard was a stud in goal as usual.

In watching European soccer, the best record of the season matters. That’s long haul, grind it out over eight months kind of winning. Winning the Supporters’ Shield would validate this Colorado Rapids team, but either way, the Burgundy Boys kept fighting, and earned, at the very least, a place in the Champions League.

But again, four games in 14 days was a stretch that got our side back in the Supporters’ Shield conversation. They didn’t fade. They didn’t say, “Well, at least we’ll make the playoffs.” Should FC Dallas lose to the LA Galaxy, and the Rapids win against the Houston Dynamo next Sunday (2:00 pm MT), the Shield comes to Commerce City.

Are you pumped about the CCL? Do the extra games concern you for 2017?