Decision Day in Major League Soccer is finally here, and it promises to be even more exciting than last year.
TheWestern Conference will be especially hectic as four teams vie for three playoff spots. The Seattle Sounders will try to solidify a berth and a home playoff game againstReal Salt Lake, whichis one point above the Sounders entering Sunday's clash.
The penultimate weekend of the 2016 MLS regular season this past weekend was the league's worst on ESPN.
Sunday's playoff race matches, which featured Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids (178,000 viewers) and Montreal Impact against Toronto FC (161,000 viewers), were two of the lowest rated programs for the entire day on ESPN.
It certainly wasn't the prettiest of performances, but it was enough to keep the Portland Timbers alive.
A Fanendo Adi penalty kick was all that was needed Sunday, as the Timbers topped the Colorado Rapids, 1-0. The win keeps the Portland Timbers in the playoff chase heading into the final week, while the loss sees the Colorado Rapids head into their final match still in pursuit of a Supporters Shield.
As the Portland Timbers' season draws to a close, the club is in dire need of three wins to keep their MLS Playoff and CONCACAF Champions League hopes alive. Facing games against the Colorado Rapids and Saprissa at home and Cascadia Cup rival Vancouver Whitecaps on the road, the Timbers need to piece together three of their best performances of the year in a row if they are going to have a chance to move on in the respective competitions.
With the Portland Timbers currently sitting below the red line, hoping for some confluence of results that will allow them to overtake at least one of the teams above them on the table, this last, gameless week has been a drag for Timbers fans as we stew on the lost opportunities and plentiful injustices that have dogged the side this season.
The Portland Timbers came to Dick's Sporting Goods Park riding a high following their first road win of the year on Tuesday, but after the match was over the Timbers were back to their usual road form: bad. After a scoreless first half that saw the Timbers with the bulk of the chances, the Rapids picked up a second half goal before seeing the game out for the 1-0 win.
There's one more week left...who will step up in the Power Rankings?
The playoff line is as red as ever, as we draw to the final week of the season. Week 33 saw a couple teams finally squander their chances to make the playoffs, while in the Western Conference, 4 teams will fight it out for the final 3 spots above that red line.
It was either this or Career Opportunities So here we are. 3 games in 11 days to win the Supporters Shield. First up, the Earthquakes tomorrow night. San Jose is one loss (or a couple of wins from other teams) from playoff elimination so they have a lot on the line as well though they're chances are really slim even with a win.
Rapids. Whitecaps. Its going to be wet. A final trip to Canada, at least in the regular season, is up tomorrow for the Rapids. Vancouver is barely holing on to playoff hopes and a loss combined with an KC win would all but eliminate them this weekend. Meanwhile the Rapids need a win to stay in the Shield race.
Pretty sure I've used this one before Tomorrow night we start the critical final seven game run to the playoffs. We still have a shot at the Shield, the top spot in the West, or a CCL spt (or possibly all 3). The run has to start now with a win over San Jose in 24 hours. The problem? We're 0 for our last 13 against SJ and 0 for our last 10 against them here in Colorado.
Last time we were in Dallas... Three weeks ago I wrote about how important this 5 game run was. I said to achieve our reasonable goal (at that point) of a top 2 finish and a shot at the Shield we needed to show up for these 5 games because the run-in after that was an easier schedule. Well in the first four of those games we've managed 2 points and seen Dallas pull away from us and LA and FSL start breathing down our necks.
The offense runs through Mauro Manotas. He's less than average when not facing Portland in Houston.
In each of the last two matchups (both on the road) Houston held a one-goal lead until late in the match, when the Seattle Sounders managed a pair of tying stoppage-time goals. Now, the Worst in the West will visit the Emerald City, eliminated from playoff contention and with an interim coach at the helm.
What a difference one year has made for the Colorado Rapids.
The Rapids extended their unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-2 win over the Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. The victory guaranteed the team a first-round bye and moved Colorado to within two points of league leaders FC Dallas.
Despite showing promise in the attack late, the Dynamo were unable to catch-up to the Colorado Rapids and fall 3-2 at home.
The Houston Dynamo hoped to take down the 2nd place in the West Colorado Rapids Saturday night in Houston, TX. Interim manager Wade Barrett had been criticized during his time for not fully utilizing the offense which at times had looked stagnant.
We spoke with John Rosch to discuss the upcoming Western Conference fixture between the Dynamo and the Rapids and even some My Little Pony!
The Houston Dynamo stumbled last week when New York City FC came to town which spoiled their winning streak. This time they'll have a chance to turn it around against the 2nd place team in the West, the Colorado Rapids.
The international break is in full swing, as Saturday presents a busy slate of clashes across the world of soccer.
Headlining Saturday's action are several World Cup qualifiers throughout Europe. In England, the Three Lions take the field for the first time since Sam Allardyce's dismissal, adding a bit if intrigue to a clash with minnows Malta.
The Dynamo will not have it easy this weekend when the Colorado Rapids come to town, but the opportunities are there.
Brace yourselves, the Colorado Rapids are travelling to Houston this weekend for their first MLS matchup against the Dynamo this season. This is the first half of a home-and-home between the two sides.
The Houston Dynamo take on 2nd place in the West the Colorado Rapids. Who's in your starting XI?
The Houston Dynamo failed to extend their winning streak after last week's 2-0 home loss to Eastern Conference powerhouse New York City FC thanks to a brace by David Villa. The offense that looked so good the week prior in large part to a hat-trick by Mauro Manotas struggled to get any shots on target despite 11 total shots.
With only three weeks left in the MLS regular season, the pressure is cranking up for a few teams on either side of the red line.
One of several marquee matcheson Saturday features FC Dallas hosting the LA Galaxy. These teams are separated by five points, but the Colorado Rapids have games in hand on both sides, adding more incentive to already heated matchup.
Everyone was complimenting Brad Knighton after Saturday's game.
While Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney were scoring goals, Brad Knighton was stopping them on the other side of the field.
On Saturday, Knighton made his fourth consecutive start between the pipes. The netminder was sensational against the Colorado Rapids, making two important stops to secure full points for the New England Revolution.
Heading into the weekend, the New England Revolution had been one of MLS' coldest teams. Their opponents, the Colorado Rapids, had been one of the best. However, Saturday night presented a bit of role reversal via an upset win.
Goals from Juan Agudelo and Chris Tierney came in either half, as the Revs toppled the Rapids, 2-0, on Saturday at Gillette Stadium.
Fanendo Adi, shown here scoring against Seattle earlier this season, tallied his 16th goal of the 2016 season off a 35th minute penalty. However, Adi missed a second penalty 5 minutes later and the Timbers had to hold on against...
Pablo puts out the best possible lineup given injuries and absences:
Revs score 12 minutes in: Our defense on that goal: Powers just misses and then has a shot saved: The Rapids don't get another shot the rest of the half: Colorado gives up another PK: Revs miss the PK, making teams 0-3 in the last two games: Revs score 4 minutes into the second half: The Rapids get one shot on goal in the second half: There go our chances for some sort of home-field advantage in the playoffs Man of the Match: The goalpost.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – It's fair to say the Revolution killed two birds with one stone on Saturday.
After a brutal August in which they scored only once and failed to win in five tries during league play, New England snapped a lengthy scoring drought and winless streak in one fell swoop in a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at Gillette Stadium.