Don’t look now, but your Colorado Rapids have started to put a few wins together and have won three in a row in all competitions, and four of the last six.
So what does it all mean? Are they back to their winning ways from 2016? Or is this just an aberration and a return to form is on the horizon?
Honestly, this team is so unpredictable right now I would merely be grasping at straws trying to come up with an answer. But I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.
Here is what I am watching this weekend:
United Soccer League
Charlotte Independence vs Harrisburg City Islanders—Saturday, 5:00 PM MDT
This is a big match for our USL affiliate in Charlotte. They are opening their new park in Matthews, North Carolina (a suburb on the southern side of the Metro) and this ends their nomadic existence this season. I had a chance to see the facility in March, and while it was not quite ready at that point, it will be a nice home park for the Independence.
After a somewhat sluggish start, Charlotte is now just three points out of a playoff spot with as many as four games in hand on the teams in front of them. A new home park is just what the Jacks need to get their game back on track.
Major League Soccer
Honestly, I really don’t care much for Atlanta United or what they are doing. But this match for me is far more interesting to see how Columbus reacts after getting upset in the US Open Cup on Wednesday to FC Cincinnati on the road. The two teams are separated by just four points and this has all the makings of a fun match of soccer.
Colorado Rapids vs Portland Timbers—Saturday, 7:30 PM MDT
Welp. Our beloved Burgundy Boys are back in action after one of the more exciting matches I have seen in a while when then came from two goals down to win in the US Open Cup in front of ten fans on Tuesday night. The Rapids are playing, well, better. But it not particularly good soccer at this point. They are still struggling in front of goal and have a litany of injuries to deal with including Bobby Burling and Shkelzen Gashi.
This feels like a very difficult match for Colorado as Portland comes in riding their own mini-hot streak and sit second in the Western Conference table.
I still believe, despite a drop in form, that FC Dallas is one of the best teams in the Western Conference, if not all of Major League Soccer. They had a squeaker on Wednesday in the US Open Cup, but should feel good about their chances against a Vancouver side that is inconsistent at best.
So that is what I am watching this weekend. What about you? And how are you feeling about the Rapids this Saturday? Hit us up in the comment section and let us know!