The Colorado Rapids are creeping closer and closer to clinching a playoff spot as they take on the Vancouver Whitecaps FC today in British Columbia. While MLSSoccer.com reported that four teams could clinch playoff spots today (LA Galaxy, Toronto FC, New York Red Bulls, and New York FC), one reader calculated that if the stars aligned, the Rapids could technically clinch this weekend, too, with a Colorado win + a Seattle loss/tie + RSL loss/tie.
The good news is that the Rapids have scored twice in their last two games against the Whitecaps, both in BC and in Colorado. The Burgundy Boys have been struggling with injuries and a slow offense, but hopefully the draw last week against the San Jose Earthquakes has lit a bit of a fire under them. A win today would get the Rapids 50 points faster than any other season. The season record is 51 points, so even if they tied the remaining games, it would be the most successful regular season for the Rapids. Though, does that mean anything if they don’t bring home the cup?
Meanwhile, Vancouver is fighting for a playoff spot, sitting in 8th place in the Western Conference, and basically has to win every remaining game to get in. They’ve lost six of their last eight games, though.
Head coach Pablo Mastroeni talks about what he is expecting this weekend:
While the Rapids are the lowest scoring team in the league, Vancouver has been shutout more than any other team (11 times in 30 games).
So by all calculations, the Rapids should win today. But we all know nothing is guaranteed in sports.
OUT: Bobby Burling (toe), Kevin Doyle (ankle), Jermaine Jones (knee), Dillon Serna (knee)
OUT: Christian Dean (knee), Kekuta Manneh (foot), Russell Teibert (hamstring)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 5:00 PM MT
Venue: BC Place—Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
TV Information: Altitude TV
Live Stream: MLS Live (Blackouts apply)
Weather at Kickoff: 57 and mostly cloudy