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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).
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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.”