Rapids’ playoff push travels to Minnesota in need of positive result
Mike Ehrmann, Getty Images After the team’s most lopsided loss of the season, the Rapids are running out of time to turn their season around. With four scheduled matches left on its schedule, Colorado heads to St. Paul in need of a positive result against defensive-led Minnesota United FC […]
After the team’s most lopsided loss of the season, the Rapids are running out of time to turn their season around.
With four scheduled matches left on its schedule, Colorado heads to St. Paul in need of a positive result against defensive-led Minnesota United FC on Wednesday. The Loons, unbeaten in their last five matches, are just a few points shy of locking in a playoff spot, while the Rapids have some work to do to secure their own.
“Minnesota’s obviously a very good team. They’re in decent form and they’ve got players who are healthy and coming back, so it’ll be a big challenge for us for sure,” Rapids coach Robin Fraser said.
Wednesday will be the second meeting of the season between these teams. The Rapids and Loons played to a 2-2 draw at the MLS is Back Tournament in Orlando. But it’s not the only interaction these two clubs have had in 2020. On Sept. 19, the Rapids traded striker Kei Kamara to the Twin Cities in exchange for $150,000 in General Allocation Money and a second-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft.
Kamara has one goal and one assist in six games with the Loons, but he will not be playing against the Rapids due to a “gentleman’s agreement” in the trade terms between the two teams.
Kellyn Acosta missed Saturday’s 4-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City due to a yellow card suspension. Acosta may miss Wednesday’s match due to an injury. His backup, Collen Warner, left the game in Kansas City early due to injury, leaving the Rapids short-handed in the midfield.
“Kellyn is certainly a player that we rely on a great deal for the amount of ground that he covers and his ability to play both sides of the field,” Fraser said. “We have a number of players that we have a good deal of faith in and we have players that are kind of interchangeable in playing different positions so we certainly are looking at all options possible.”
The Rapids will play again Sunday in their final regular-season home game, which is against Seattle. Decision Day is Nov. 8, but MLS has yet to specify how it will decide which eight teams make the playoffs. Colorado has played fewer games than its peers due to the month-long break brought on by a COVID-19 outbreak.
“I don’t think anything changes in our approach to get to the playoffs, we need to win games and we need to acquire points,” Fraser said.