The Colorado Rapids had been on a winless stretch recently, going seven games without a victory. That all came to an end Saturday, as the Rapids managed a 1-0 win over the San Jose Earthquakes, also snapping a 12-game losing streak against the Earthquakes.
Saturday’s single goal at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park came on a deflection from Rapids striker Omar Cummings in the 25th minute, a shot that was more of a pass that managed to sneak past San Jose goalkeeper Jon Busch (recap via ColoradoRapids.com). The win was clearly needed for the Rapids, who now sit at 7-5-6 and trail the Seattle Sounders FC by one point for fourth place in the Western Conference (standings via MLSSoccer.com).
Given the Rapids’ mediocre play, it could be hard for them to make a run at the conference lead. The league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy have 40 points and show no signs of giving up that sizable ground.
Still, “it was a very important win, not just for three points, but as we move forward, for confidence,” Rapids coach Gary Smith tells The Denver Post. “We’re on the move again, hopefully.”