Timbers Vs. Rapids: Colorado Loses, Remains No. 7 In Western Conference

The Colorado Rapids will take on the Portland Timbers on Wednesday in a rematch of their last game.

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September 30 MLS Standings Update

The end of September is here and it likely means no playoff appearance for the Colorado Rapids (9-18-4). Colorado managed only a draw at home on Sunday with the Los Angeles Galaxy, meaning two more points were left on the field as they chase the Vancouver Whitecaps (10-12-9) for the final Western Conference playoff spot.

Colorado has 31 points through 31 games on the season while Vancouver has 39. The maximum Colorado can gain is nine more points in its final three games as well. FC Dallas (9-12-10) is also ahead of Dallas between the Rapids and Whitecaps with 37 points from 31 games.

Colorado hosts Western Conference leading San Jose on October 6 and it is a must-win game now. Colorado then travels to Chivas USA on October 20th and hosts FC Houston on October 27th. Colorado must win all three games and get some help to make the playoffs, as Vancouver can gain no more than a point in its final three games and Dallas can gain no more than three points.

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MLS Standings 2012: Colorado Rapids Still In Seventh

The Colorado Rapids remain in seventh place in Major League Soccer's Western Conference, following a 2-2 tie against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday.

Vancouver, at eight points ahead of the Rapids, currently occupies the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Wednesday's tie against Vancouver cost Colorado an opportunity to gain ground and make a charge toward the playoffs.

Major League Soccer Standings

Western Conference
W L T PtGF
Earthquakes (Quake, Rattle, Goal) 18 6 6 60 62
Galaxy (LAG Confidential) 15 11 4 49 54
Real Salt Lake (RSL Soapbox) 15 11 4 49 40
Sounders (Sounder at Heart) 13 7 9 48 45
Whitecaps (86 Forever) 10 12 8 38 31
FC Dallas (Big D Soccer) 9 12 9 36 35
Rapids (Burgundy Wave) 9 18 3 30 38
Timbers (Stumptown Footy) 7 15 8 29 31
Chivas USA (The Goat Parade) 7 15 7 28 21
Eastern Conference
W L T PtGF
Sporting KC (The Daily Wiz) 16 7 7 55 37
Fire (Hot Time in Old Town) 16 8 5 53 42
Red Bulls (Once a Metro) 14 8 8 50 50
D.C. United (Black And Red United) 15 10 5 50 47
Dynamo (Dynamo Theory) 12 8 10 46 42
Crew (Massive Report) 13 11 6 45 36
Impact (Mount Royal Soccer) 12 15 4 40 44
Union (Brotherly Game) 8 14 6 30 29
Revolution (The Bent Musket) 7 15 8 29 38
Toronto FC (Waking the Red) 5 18 7 22 34

Colorado will try to improve in the standings Sunday when it plays host to the Los Angeles Galaxy -- the same Galaxy that sit in second place in the conference. If the Rapids are to make the playoffs in 2012, they'll need a lot of things to go right, and it starts with winning out.

For more on the Rapids, check out Burgundy Wave.

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MLS Standings 2012: Rapids Seventh In Western Conference

The Colorado Rapids remain on the outside of the playoff picture, following a 2-0 loss to the Los Angeles Galaxy late last week.

Colorado's record now stands at 9-18-2, good for 29 points and seventh place in the Western Conference. The top five teams in each conference qualify for postaseason play.

Currently, the fifth place team in the Western Conference is Vancouver, as the Whitecaps have 37 points. FC Dallas is hot on Vancouver's heels with 36 points, while Colorado remains a distant seventh with 29 points.

Colorado is just one point ahead of Portland and Chivas USA, who are both tied for last place in the Western Conference with 28 points.

The Rapids will take on Vancouver on Sept. 23, as Colorado looks to try to get back into the playoff picture.

An entire look at the MLS standings can be found here, at Major League Soccer's official website.

For more on the Rapids, check out Burgandy Wave.


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Colorado Rapids Trade Midfielder Wells Thompson To Chicago Fire

The Colorado Rapids have traded midfielder Wells Thompson to the Chicago Fire.

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MLS Standings 2012: Colorado Enters Homestretch In At No. 7 In West

Following their 3-0 win over the Portland Timbers, the Colorado Rapids pushed themselves up to No. 7 in the Western Conference with an international break upcoming. That break will extend through this week, and going into their game against the LA Galaxy on Friday they are still down away from the playoff spots.

Chivas USA losing to the Seattle Sounders in the only MLS action of the weekend kept the positions exactly the same for the Rapids going into the Galaxy game. That's a good thing for Colorado -- as written by Burgundy Wave, there's actually still hope for the Rapids in the playoff hunt, as long as some results continue to go their way:

Currently, Colorado has 29 points. Look at the competition three spots ahead of them:

* FC Dallas 33 Points
* Vancouver Whitecaps 37 points
* LA Galaxy 43 points

Those are the only teams the Rapids have any prayer of catching. They've blown their chance to get extra points from Dallas with those two unfortunate losses, but they play both the Whitecaps and Galaxy at least once more each. Two wins against the Galaxy somehow would slice the deficit down from 14 points to a more manageable eight, while also gaining extra ground on the Caps for that fifth playoff spot. Essentially, winning four or five of their remaining six games could get the team into the big show.

While very unlikely, the playoffs are still legitimately within reach for the Rapids provided they get a miracle or two chipped their way as the season reaches its climax. The team has six games remaining on its schedule.

For more on the Colorado Rapids, head over to Burgundy Wave. If you want more on the world of soccer in general, check out SB Nation's Soccer Hub.

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Timbers Vs. Rapids Final Score: Colorado Wins Against Portland, 3-0

Andre Akpan and Tony Cascio led the Colorado Rapids to a 3-0 victory on Wednesday night. Akpan scored in the sixth minute of the game, while Cascio and Jaime Castrillon scored the other two goals for the Rapids (9-17-2). Cascio was stripped of the ball in the scoring zone, which led to Akpan's first goal of the season in just his second start.

With the win, Colorado leapfrogged past the Timbers and Chivas USA into seventh place in the West.

Conor Casey was out this game nursing a knee injury, so it was important for the younger players to step up for the team.

"At this level, all you can ask for is opportunity," Akpan said after the game. "Tonight I made the most of my opportunity."

For more on the Colorado Rapids, head over to Burgundy Wave. More on the Portland Timbers can be found at Stumptown Footy. If you want more on the world of soccer in general, check out SB Nation's Soccer Hub.

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Timbers Vs. Rapids: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Colorado Rapids will take on the Portland Timbers on Wednesday in a rematch of their last game.

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