Rapids qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs & return to postseason after record-breaking season

Colorado Rapids will start their run in the MLS Cup Playoffs this Wednesday, October 30 when the Rapids visit Seattle Sounders FC at 8:30 p.m. MT / 7:30 p.m. PT in the Knockout Match.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (Saturday, October 26, 2013) – The Colorado Rapids have clinched qualification for the MLS Cup Playoffs, which will begin next week. Colorado plays its final regular season match on Sunday night at 6 p.m. MT in Vancouver, and will learn its first round opponent and date following the game. The Rapids are currently in 5th place but could still finish as high as 2nd in the Western Conference.

Colorado, which has set single-season franchise records for wins (14) and points (51) in 2013, sealed qualification on Saturday based on San Jose’s 2-1 win over FC Dallas, which left the Earthquakes (14-11-9, 51 points) short of Colorado in the standings on tiebreakers.

Tickets for the Rapids’ potential playoff matchups are already on sale at www.ColoradoRapids.com or by calling 303-825-GOAL, starting at $29 for all possible rounds, excluding MLS Cup.

The MLS Cup Playoffs start next week, with the top five teams in each conference qualifying for the postseason. The 4th and 5th seeded teams will play on Oct. 30 or 31 in the Knockout Match, followed by the start of the Conference Semifinals on Nov. 2 or 3. Colorado could finish anywhere from 2nd to 5th place in the Western Conference, depending on the results from the final matches of the season.

2013 MLS Cup Playoffs Schedule

Knockout Round (Single Match)                                                 October 30/31

Conference Semifinals (Home-and-Home Series)                     November 2/3, 6/7

Conference Championship (Home-and-Home Series)               November 10/11, 23/24

MLS Cup 2013 (Single Match)                                                    December 7

The Rapids close out the 2013 regular season on Sunday, Oct. 27 at Vancouver Whitecaps FC at 6 p.m. MT, with the live broadcast on Altitude 2 featuring Richard Fleming on play-by-play and World Cup veteran Marcelo Balboa on color commentary. For more information on the team, or to purchase MLS Cup Playoff tickets, call 303-825-GOAL or visit www.ColoradoRapids.com.  


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