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Rapids Vs. Sounders Recap: Rapids Fail To Gain Ground In Standings

If the MLS playoffs started today, the Colorado Rapids would be the last team in the Western Conference to grab a spot. But as the season progresses, their chances of moving up from that spot are dwindling more and more. The Rapids are stuck at 22 points after their 2-1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC on Saturday night, and though they're still in fifth in the West, they're now only two points ahead of the Los Angeles Galaxy and Chivas USA, who are tied for sixth. Meanwhile, Colorado is eight points behind the Vancouver Whitecaps, who are in fourth.

In Saturday night's match, the Sounders netted two second-half goals that proved to be too much for the Rapids. The first came from Alvaro Fernandez in the 52nd minute, and the second was from Eddie Johnson, who put one past Colorado keeper Matt Pickens 12 minutes later. Colorado's Omar Cummings got the Rapids on the board in the 89th minute, but his team could not find the equalizer.

Despite the Rapids controlling possession 55-45, Seattle's attack was still much stronger. The Sounders outshot the Rapids 14-6, and doubled their shots on goal by a count of 6-3. They also secured 10 corner kicks, compared to Colorado's four.

The Rapids are off until next Saturday, July 14, when they host FC Dallas.

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