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What to Watch This Weekend: Looking for Answers Edition

Are the Rapids nearing rock bottom?

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

What is “rock bottom” anyways? Is it is a place or a feeling? I remember walking out of the Western Conference Finals match feeling very low. Lower than I had been in a while when it came to the Colorado Rapids.

I remember all kinds of poor play in the years of supporting this club. Was that rock bottom?

Honestly, I don’t think this is rock bottom for the Rapids. There is still a long way to go this season, but oh man, that was a must win on Saturday.

Much like this week’s match against San Jose Earthquakes.

Here is what I am watching for this weekend:

Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes—Saturday, 2:00 PM MDT

Sigh. All I want for my birthday is to see the Rapids beat the Quakes this weekend. Come on Lads, you are better than you are showing. The home fans deserve something to smile about. You are certainly unlucky this year, but you are not that far off. Put in a complete 90 minutes and 3 points will be yours. I hope.

United Soccer League

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC—Sunday, 4:00 PM MDT

Colorado Springs sits third in the table (as of Wednesday morning as I write this) and will be looking to continue their fine run of form that has seen them confirm their place as a power in the Western Conference of USL. The Whitecaps 2 are just under the red line and coming home should give them a boost as they look to push for a playoff spot

National Premier Soccer League

VLST FC vs Minneapolis City SC—Saturday, 2:00 PM MDT

I have made no secret of my love for all divisions in the US Soccer (sort of) pyramid and especially Minneapolis City SC. And for me the biggest match of the weekend is the Crows taking flight (pardon the pun) for the first time in NPSL. The Crows moved up a division after their inaugural season in 2016, and although they got completely screwed by US Soccer for moving up a division they enter this match with a lot to prove and a small chip on their shoulders.

English Premier League

Sunderland vs Swansea City—Saturday, 8:00 AM MDT

The Swans can nearly confirm their PL status for 2017-2018 with a win against already relegated Sunderland. Now, they still need Hull City to lose, but after a solid win against Everton last weekend, there is everything to play and I expect Swansea to come through with a result in this one.

English Football League Championship

The playoffs are here for the final promotion spot for the 2017-2018 Premier League Season and it going to be a heck of a weekend:

Fulham vs Reading—Saturday, 10:30 AM MDT—Leg One

These are two teams that have recently been in the Premier League and one of them will have a chance to return. Fulham is on a very good run of form, but Reading has more consistency and has the better shot here.

Huddersfield Town vs Sheffield Wednesday—Sunday, 5:00 AM MDT—Leg One

I am pulling for Huddersfield. Not even close here. They are a small club, with zero expectations and no one thought they’d be here. Plus their manager is an American and having another American manager in the Prem would send the English media to jump out the basement window.

So that’s what is on my agenda. What about you? What are you excited for this weekend?