The Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids won another game on Saturday, September 4, to keep their unbeaten streak at the MLS regular season.
The Canadiens had an excellent comeback 2-1 win against Austin at the BC Place. Sebastian Driussi scored at first, and Érick Godoy and Deiber Caicedo turned the game in the last ten minutes.
As a result, they completed a four-win streak game – the only one in the league. In all those wins, they had at least one goal against:
- Austin 1:2 Vancouver
- Vancouver 2:1 LAFC
- Vancouver 4:1 Real Salt Lake
- Vancouver 2:1 Austin
In the last ten matches, Vancouver doesn’t have either a single loss. Five wins and five draws. The most extended win sequence still belongs to New England Revolution, which got five victories in this season. Seattle has the longest undefeated streak record, with 13 games. At least for a while.
Despite the stats, what does matter for Whitecaps are the three points, which put the team in the playoffs run. In 8th place from the Western Conference, they are just one point behind the 6th Portland Timbers and Real Salt Lake, with 30 points. Bad luck for Vancouver; both teams won their matches on the Weekend, against Houston Dynamo and Dallas, respectively.
But to get into the playoffs zone, a win on the next game is enough for the Whitecaps. The match will be at home, against Portland, on Friday, September 10. Vancouver is the favorite to win, according to Bovada.
In second place from the conference, Colorado Rapids are also with good results in the past games. With a 1-0 win against San Jose Earthquakes, at PayPal Park, on Saturday, they completed seven matches without a single loss (five victories and two draws).
Colorado shows a regularity with another win, also playing far from home since this was the 5th straight game without a loss. The retrospect at home and away are very close (6-1-3 at home) and (6-3-2 away).
Last game, Dominique Badji scored one minute after replacing Michael Barrios in the previous match, at 89 minutes, to give the win for the Rapids, reaching 41 points in 21 games.
As Kansas City lost last game against LAFC (4-0), Colorado is now in second place, one point above Kansas, with 40 and one point behind Seattle Sounders, with 42. The difference is that Rapids has fewer matches than the two opponents.
With the past results, they are running for the Western Conference first place, going right to the quarterfinals. A differential for them can be the defense. With 20 goals allowed in 21 opportunities (less than one per game), they have the second-best defense from the conference and the league.
On Saturday, 11, against Los Angeles Galaxy, the next game will be at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. According to Bovada, Colorado Rapids is the favorite to win.