COMMERCE CITY CO - SEPTEMBER 29: Drew Moor #3 of the Colorado Rapids and Andrew Jacobson #8 of the Philadelphia Union collide as they battle for control of the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on September 29 2010 in Commerce City Colorado. The Rapids defeated the Union 4-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Colorado Demolishes The Union, 4-1

On short rest, the Rapids kept home form high and got the important points today.

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Rapids Forward Omar Cummings Named The MLS Player Of The Month

Colorado Rapids forward Omar Cummings has been named the MLS player of the month for September.

Cummings scored six goals in the month, helping the Rapids to a 3-1-1 record and stable playoff footing.

"To receive this honor is great," said Cummings, who earns his first-ever Player of the Month award. "This is something I have never done in my career before and it always feels good to be recognized; but this is also a reflection on how well the team is playing as we make our push to the playoffs. It feels good."

After a mid-season winless slump, the Rapids are rounding into form at the right time as there are 4 more matches before the playoffs begin. 

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Rapids win, 4-1

The Rapids managed to score more goals than they had at any other point this season while crushing the Philadelphia Union at home today.

Omar Cummings had two completely beautiful goals in the first half. Perfect clinical finishing on both. Late in the game Wells Thompson and Quincey Amarikwa added a goal a piece. Amarikwa should have had two goals, but he completely fell down in the box on a chance off a Macoumba Kandji rebound. Jack McInerney got a goal in garbage time to salvage a bit of Union pride.

The points today give the Rapids 41 total, more than they had all of last season and almost guaranteeing them a playoff spot unless they manage to somehow lose out for the rest of their 2010 campaign.

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Colorado Meets The Union On A Rare Wednesday Home Game

The Rapids lack of cup play and friendlies have led to a lack of games any day but Saturday this year, but a scheduling conflict with the Union earlier in the season meant that this game would have to be moved to much later in the season, namely today.

Last time the Philadelphia Union and the Colorado Rapids met, it was just a random game in the middle of the season where the Rapids were gunning for a road point or two. This time, there are playoff points on the line that the Rapids need to grab. They currently have 38 points after their surprising road draw in Salt Lake, so they only need five more to all but guarantee themselves a spot in the playoffs with 43 points. Three of those really should come against the Union today.

The Rapids will be playing on a short rest after the Salt Lake game, and also be playing without their top striker Conor Casey. Casey picked up his fifth yellow card against RSL, activating the automatic one game suspension. Macoumba Kandji will take his place starting up front with Omar Cummings, assuming Cummings is healthy as the Rapids stated pre-game. Kandji impressed highly against Real Salt Lake in his first ever Rapids start and should have a chance to excel against a fairly weak Philadelphia defense.

The Rapids have only lost one game at home this season and Philly has only won a couple on the road, so honestly there should be no reason to think that the Union will pull this one out. Colorado has won their last four home games by a combined score of 10-0, including three 3-0 wins against Houston, Chivas USA and New England.

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