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Rapids clinch playoff berth with win over Timbers

Colorado punched its ticket to the postseason for the first time since 2016 on the road Wednesday night.
Credit: AP Photo/Steve Dykes
The Colorado Rapids celebrate after scoring a goal during the second half of an MLS soccer match against the Portland Timbers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Kellyn Acosta scored in the 83rd minute and the Colorado Rapids clinched a playoff spot with a 1-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Wednesday night.

The Rapids had five games called off this season because of coronavirus cases. But instead of total points, Major League Soccer decided to use points per game for playoff position, boosting Colorado's chances with fewer games played.

Portland has allowed 14 goals in the final 15 minutes of its games this season.

"I'm really excited for the club and really excited for the players. Obviously, I'm excited as well, but I just think about the image of the Rapids for a while," said Rapids Head Coach Robin Fraser. "As soon as I got here last year, I immediately had an affinity for the team and the players and the way they conduct themselves. Certainly, I have felt—and we as a club have felt—that this is a group that is a good group and can be a really good team. We feel like we're making strides. We're not where we want to be yet, but we're certainly making strides. I think getting to the playoffs is a bit of validation."

You look at the last two games, they were definitely positive for all of us. We beat arguably the two best teams in the league," said Rapids midfielder Kellyn Acosta. "You see the work that we've put in behind the scenes and it's been showing. We've been rewarding ourselves and that's the best feeling that we have for us. We're just happy to give something back to the fans. Not only have we won the Rocky Mountain Cup this year, we're also playoff bound with everything going on. It's a happy moment for all the parties."

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