By 3:00 pm on Saturday afternoon, the Colorado Rapids had dispatched Toronto FC 2-0 to earn a hardy three points at home. Jack Price scored his first MLS goal in the second minute, and Shkelzen Gashi scored a penalty in the 2nd half. The entire game had one of those extra special moments that transcends sports when all the supporters gave tribute to Kortne Ford and his mom as she battles cancer. Saturday had all the components of a good day as a Rapids supporter.
But I learned something. I learned that some do not believe all points are created equal. You see, because Toronto sat Jozy Altidore, Alex Bono, Michael Bradley, Sebastian Giovinco, Victor Vasquez, and the majority of their starters due to the upcoming CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) final, the three points the Rapids earned weren’t really three points. The Colorado Rapids tweeted out a meme that summed it all up:
I can just see it now. Picture this with me.
**Cue the dream sequence.**
The Rapids are in sixth place with a point to spare. Rapids supporters are thrilled, especially after the disappointment of the 2017 season. Let the purchasing of playoff tickets commence!
Whoa! Not so fast!
The Rapids Front Office receives a call from MLS Commissioner Don Garber. In an unprecedented move, the Rapids must forfeit two points due to the fact that Toronto FC played their reserve squad. The Rapids won, yes, but due to these circumstances, only one point will be awarded retroactively rather than the standard three. The Rapids miss the playoffs. Supporters are crushed. Protests take place in front of the Commissioner’s office. Petitions are drawn up and signed. But to no avail.
Of course, that’s an absurd scenario. In truth, two professional squads filled to the brim with professional players played an MLS game, and the good guys won. The Rapids now have eight points and will square off against Western Conference rivals Real Sandy (Real Salt Lake, for those of you keeping score) this coming Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium (7:00 pm).
Speaking of the Toronto FC ‘A’ Squad
We want to wish Toronto FC all the best in facing Liga MX’s Chivas Guadalajara in the CCL final. In a tournament as big as Champions League, we can put aside our rivalries and pull for MLS!
It’s here that we beg Unimas or Univision to cover these two legs. While soooome who have Univision Deportes with their package, the rest of us rely on the occasionally unreliable go90 stream. Granted, it’s a first world problem (I mean, we can download the go90 app and watch it for free when it’s working). But in our first world, cannot Unimas or Univision arrange something to make these games more accessible and reliable?
Plus, with a win, MLS fans could very well see the first ‘quadruple!’ That is, Toronto could win the CCL, the Canadian Cup, the Supporters Shield, and MLS Cup in the same year. Yes, most readers of this blog would rather it be the Rapids, but most soccer fans would love to have a front row seat in seeing history made.