Rapids hope to clinch playoff spot at L.A.

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When the Colorado Rapids travel to take on the Los Angeles Galaxy for a Major League Soccer match at The Home Depot Center on Saturday night, they will be aiming to not have history repeat itself for the third time.

The past two seasons, the Rapids stumbled down the stretch, only to be eliminated from playoff contention by Rocky Mountain rivals Real Salt Lake in their last regular season game.

If Colorado (11-8-9) fails to gain a point in its second-to-last game of the regular season, vs. the Galaxy on Saturday, and the Kansas City Wizards win at New England, the last game could decide its playoff fate again.

"The emphasis still is on us to not only continue to perform, but to move into those playoffs feeling comfortable and confident ... and being in a real positive frame of mind," Rapids coach Gary Smith told his club's website. "That can only be achieved by adding the points that are necessary to get us into that playoff situation."

The Galaxy (17-6-5) are also playing for something as the regular season winds down. A win vs. the Rapids would clinch the third Supporter's Shield in franchise history.

"It's important," Galaxy coach Bruce Arena said about beating Colorado. "We'd like to have [the Shield], as it obviously qualifies us automatically for group play in the Champions League. Certainly, [the win] gives us hopefully somewhat of an advantage in the playoffs."

The Los Angeles injury report has defenders Gregg Berhalter, Todd Dunivant, and Leonardo, and midfielder Dema Kovalenko as questionable for the game, while Colorado will be without midfielder Ciaran O'Brien and forward Ross Schunk because of injuries. Forwards Omar Cummings and Quincy Amarikwa, midfielder Brian Mullan, and defenders Anthony Wallace and Julien Baudet are all expected to play with knocks.


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