Rapids looking for third straight win on Decision Day, chance to improving playoff seeding – The Denver Post

Decision Day for MLS is Sunday. The Colorado Rapids are already in the playoffs, clinching their spot Wednesday with a 1-0 win in Portland. In Sunday’s regular-season finale at Houston, the Burgundy Boys get a chance to improve their seeding and get a more favorable postseason matchup.

As it stands now, and likely will after Sunday’s action, the three strongest teams in the west — Kansas City, Portland and Seattle — hold the top three seeds. Though the Rapids did just beat the Timbers and Sounders, they will want to avoid all three and try to get the No. 5 seed and a matchup with Dallas.

The now seventh-seeded Rapids can move up to fifth rather easily. Colorado’s smaller game total caused by the club’s COVID-19 outbreak, paired with MLS opting to use points per game to order its standings, gives the Rapids a chance to make a lot of progress in just one match.

A win would leapfrog them over LAFC and the loser of Minnesota-Dallas or Minnesota outright if the two teams draw. It’s as simple as a Rapids win and they climb to No. 5, avoiding the Western Conference’s strongest teams in the first round.

“It’s important that we continue to play with the same sort of energy, intelligence and cohesion that we have for the last couple of games,” Robin Fraser said.”The seeding, I feel like at the end of the day you just have to try to win your games and do as well as you can. And you’ll see where the chips fall.”

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The Dynamo are in last place in the West, making a Rapids road win even more favorable. If Colorado can pull that off, they’ll carry a three-match win streak into the playoffs — their longest win streak of their season.