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If ever there was a trap

August 10, 2011 | 10:02 pm No comments
By Shaun Schafer

Even with a two-year absence from the league, the San Jose Earthquakes remain one of the teams the Colorado Rapids have faced more often than almost any team in Major League Soccer.

The Rapids have played Los Angeles 55 times and Dallas (first as The Burn and then as FC) 51. Next on that list is San Jose, which has met Colorado 46 times since that first MLS season in 1996.

The Earthquakes, who won a pair of MLS titles in the team’s original incarnation, also holds a 21-17-8 record against the Rapids. For The Thursday List, we take a look at how the two teams have battled since San Jose rejoined the league in 2008.

April 19, 2008, San Jose 2, Colorado 0
July 12, 2008, San Jose 1, Colorado 1

Sept. 18, 2009, Colorado 1, San Jose 1
Sept. 23, 2009, San Jose 1, Colorado 1

May 1, 2010, San Jose 1, Colorado 0
Aug. 7, 2010, Colorado 1, San Jose 0
Playoffs: Nov. 13, 2010, Colorado 1, San Jose 0

The Rapids were winless (0-2-3) in the team’s first five meetings with the re-entry Earthquakes. In the past two meetings, Colorado has beaten the Earthquakes on a terrible own goal mistake by goalkeeper Jon Busch off an Omar Cummings cross, and a stunning strike by Kosuke Kimura in the Eastern Conference finals last fall.

This season, San Jose has struggled to score, but with a busy schedule of CONCACAF Champions League matches and a drive to the MLS playoffs, the Rapids face a challenge at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Colorado has had a tough time with this old foe.

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