The Colorado Rapids will look to stay near the summit of the Western Conference as they host San Jose on Saturday evening at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. While the Rapids have essentially locked down a playoff spot, the Earthquakes are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to a shot at the postseason. However, they do have a chance as they are just a mere four points back from Portland for the 6th and final spot in the West.
Colorado (12-5-10, 46 points) are coming off an eyebrow-raising 1-0 victory at FC Dallas on the weekend. The Rapids didn't have many shots on target, but they didn't need to as the defense held firm on the road. Dominique Badji scored the lone goal on a play that started from a harmless throw-in. Questions abound from the FC Dallas defenders but Badji did the hard work and had a quality finish regardless.
San Jose (7-8-12, 33 points) are coming off a 1-1 draw against Seattle Sounders at the Avaya Stadium. Chris Wondolowski scored a first half goal and the Earthquakes thought they had secured all three points when Sounders Designated Player Nicolas Lodeiro scored late to ensure Seattle would earn a share of the spoils.
The Rapids have had scoring issues all season but their defensive play has undoubtedly been one of their strengths. Not many people would have guessed that a backline consisting of Bobby Burling, Axel Sjoberg, and Jared Watts would play so well together in central defense. If the Rapids are to march toward hosting a home playoff game and progressing in the playoffs, they will need to solve the goal-scoring woes.