Axel Sjoberg's header at the death (from a glorious service by Kevin Doyle) kept the Colorado Rapids undefeated streak going at a remarkable thirteen games. We now look forward to the game against Sporting Kansas City, a foe they've beaten four times in a row. Astounding!
But the question is, can it last? Realistically, with sixteen games left, the law of average bears out that, at some point, the Rapids will lose. But against whom? Let's look at the games they have left.
First off, the Rapids stand at 34 points after 18 games with a 9-2-7 record. Over their last five games, they are 1-0-4. Hmm... a bit concerning, but that '0' still stands. Let's look at the rest of the summer:
Saturday, July 16th at Home vs Sporting Kansas City
SKC looked sharp against New York City FC, winning 3-1. Yet, our boys are coming off a confidence builder in escaping with a win north of the border against Vancouver. I say we pull out the win 2-1, sending our peeps home happy.
Saturday, July 23rd at Home vs the FC Dallas
The Flying Parejas come to altitude in a huge game with not just Western Conference but Supporters Shield implications. I worry about their firepower--which is a bit more than ours at this point. But we want the revenge due to the wiping out of Dillon Serna with a season-ending injury. 2-2.
Saturday, July 30 at New York City FC
They lead the Eastern Conference and have kicked it in after that 7-0 drubbing against the New York Red Bulls (or is that the Harrison Red Bulls?). They have experience, coupled with a youngster you've heard of, Jack Harrison. That bandbox of Yankee Stadium will leave little space to maneuver. But Pappa, Jones, Gashi, and Doyle will have some chemistry by them. 2-1 to the Rapids.
I'll wait on August to see how we fair against some stiff competition in July. August has vs. Vancouver (8/6), at LA Galaxy (8/13), home against Orlando (8/20) and away on a Friday night game at Real Salt Lake (8/26).
How will we do the rest of July, and even into August? Leave a comment in the comments section.