Down 2-0 early in the game on Saturday night, the Colorado Rapids came back to win 3-2 against a 10-man Sporting Kansas City and get all three points. Because of this result, the Rapids are still hanging on by a thread for the 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs.
Here are some quick takeaways from this match.
- Why are you still talking about the playoffs? There’s no ‘e’ beside the Rapids like there is beside the Vancouver Whitecaps or FC Cincinnati, which means we still have a shot. Secondly, we will look back on 2019 as the year of the most significant turnarounds in MLS history. To go from just two measly points after 11 games to 39 points after 32 games is astonishing.
- Watch out for Wednesday. The teams ‘around’ the Rapids in the standings are the San Jose Earthquakes at 44 points in 7th, Portland Timbers also at 44 points but in 8th, and Sporting Kansas City at 37 points in 10th. On Wednesday at 6:00 p.m., SKC travels to a formidable Minnesota United squad while Portland hosts the New England Revolution at 8:30 p.m. At 9:00 p.m., the Quakes host the Philadelphia Union, 3rd place in the East. So by the time the Rapids host FC Dallas on Sunday, October 29th (5:30 p.m.), they could still be hanging on by a thread, or it could all be done. (Never mind that the Rapids travel to other-worldly Los Angeles FC for the season finale, so... there’s that!)
- SKC Revenge: How providential that former SKC players Kei Kamara and Diego Rubio both scored for Colorado this weekend. Given Peter Vermes’ comments that were directed toward Kamara back in May of this year and how SKC felt Rubio was not part of their future—those goals and the comeback had to feel particularly satisfying to them.
- The Rapids have to win out and everyone else needs to ‘lose out.’ So yeah, talking about the playoffs when the Rapids have 0.2% chance of squeaking in could be a waste of ink (pixels?), but the resilience of this team gives Rapids supporters hope for 2020. Give credit to Robin Fraser for continuing to meld this team together and for Padraig Smith in bringing in an MLS-experienced coach.
What were your takeaways from this match?