The Colorado Rapids return to the friendly confines of Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Sunday to play for it all in the second leg of the Western Conference playoffs. The Rapids are down 0-1 after conceding a 2nd half goal to Giovani dos Santos of the LA Galaxy in the first leg at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles. Colorado defender Axel Sjoberg tried to redirect the shot, but inadvertently ended up heading the ball past Tim Howard and into the corner of the goal.
The Rocky Mountain side are confident they can overcome the aggregate score, as they went unbeaten during the regular season at home. The main concern going into the second leg is the fact that the Rapids have struggled to score goals this year. Defensively, they have been superb, but there have been offensive struggles. Luckily, statistics tend to go out the window in the playoffs, and should the Rapids lead the game tomorrow 1-0 at the end of regular time, the series aggregate would be 1-1, which means there would be extra time. If it is still tied at the end of overtime, it would go down to penalty kicks. The Rapids can also advance by winning outright by a two-goal differential.
Colorado midfielder Jermaine Jones could be set to make his first start since July as the United States International has undergone a lengthy rehabilitation process for a lower leg injury likely sustained while on national team duty. This will be a big boost for the Rapids, but Jones will need to be on his best behavior as Mark Geiger will be officiating the game. Jones had an altercation with Geiger last season while playing for New England Revolution which led to the German-born American being suspended for the beginning of the 2016 season.