Wins have been few and far between for the San Jose Earthquakes and Colorado Rapids this season.
But the two Western Conference bottom feeders will try to build on rare victories when they get together on Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo.
The 11th-place Rapids (5-12-5, 20 points), who snapped a five-game winless streak with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Galaxy last Saturday, will try for back-to-back wins for the second time this season when they host the last place Earthquakes (3-12-7, 16 points). But San Jose comes in off a stunning 3-1 victory at Western Conference leading FC Dallas last Saturday, the first home loss in 12 games for the Toros.
Valeri “Vako” Qazaishvili scored twice, including the game-clincher in the 88th8 minute off a nice crossing pass from Chris Wondolowski, and Jahmir Hyka also scored for the Earthquakes, who won for the first time since a 3-1 victory at Minnesota United on May 12 to snap a 12-game (0-7-5) winless streak.
“Of course it’s really nice to get a victory finally,” San Jose coach Mikael Stahre told MLSsoccer.com. “I think we haven’t had a win for 80 days or something like that so it was really important to win, especially against a top team like Dallas.”
Colorado meanwhile rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat a Galaxy team playing without Zlatan Ibrahimovic with forward Sam Nicholson converting Edgar Castillo’s crossing pass in the middle of the box for the dramatic game-winner in the 90th minute. Ibrahimovic was suspended for the contest for skipping the MLS All-Star Game.
The Rapids also got a goal from midfielder Kellyn Acosta in the 50th minute. Acosta has two goals in two games since being acquired from FC Dallas on July 23.
“I think the performances have been building,” Colorado coach Anthony Hudson said. “Saturday was another big performance for ourselves. I was really, really pleased with the players. It was an incredible week in terms of preparation and the focus is now to make sure we push it up a gear, we keep forcing forward.”
Colorado trails sixth place Real Salt Lake by 14 points with 12 games to go for the final Western Conference playoff spot.
—Field Level Media