The Colorado Rapids are on a roll — well, almost.
The Rapids (3-9-3) are unbeaten in two MLS games as they prepare to visit the Vancouver Whitecaps (6-6-5) on Sunday. Colorado is in a better situation than it was two weeks ago — mired in an eight-game winless skid — but must make up considerable ground in the standings to earn an unlikely playoff berth.
“We had that bad eight or nine-game run, which was tough for the lads and tough for the staff, tough for the fans, for everyone,” midfielder Jack Price told reporters. “But some of those performances were good performances. We deserved a lot more than we got out of them. So, I feel, if you say is there a light at the end of the tunnel, I feel like there definitely is.”
The Rapids, who have received minimal benefits from several offseason roster changes, picked up their first win since April last weekend as they pulled out a last-minute victory over Minnesota. The win followed a tie a week earlier with Chicago.
“The signs are good for us and I think we need to build on the character from what we showed (against Minnesota),” Rapids coach Anthony Hudson told reporters.
Meanwhile, the Whitecaps could be vulnerable Sunday. Midfielder Cristian Techera, who shares the team’s goal-scoring lead with six markers, will begin a three-game suspension for using offensive language after Vancouver’s 4-0 road loss to Philadelphia last weekend.
Defender Jose Aja and midfielder Yordy Reyna are suspended for one game after taking red cards in Philly, injured top goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic (knee) will miss his eighth straight contest and captain
Kendall Waston is unlikely to start after returning from World Cup play for Costa Rica.
The Whitecaps hope to earn a win after last weekend’s dismal showing ended their six-match unbeaten streak.
“We were winning and ate a little bit of humble pie,” central defender Doneil Henry told reporters “We have to go back to doing the hard stuff, the stuff you don’t get glory for. That’s where character is shown.”
Striker Kei Kamara, who also has six goals, told reporters that the Caps received “a wake-up call” in Philadelphia.
—Field Level Media