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Rapids eye top spot, could end LAFC’s season

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Both host Colorado and Los Angeles FC have something to play for as the MLS reaches Decision Day on Sunday, although they will have completely different perspectives on the final day of the regular season.

LAFC (12-12-9, 45 points) needs the road win Sunday at Commerce City, Colo., and some help to make it into the top seven teams in the Western Conference and earn a playoff spot.

If LAFC win and the Seattle Sounders defeat the Vancouver Whitecaps – a result which could also benefit already playoff-bound Seattle – then LAFC will have the win total to break a points tie with Vancouver and get into the postseason.

LAFC also has to worry about Real Salt Lake, which holds eight place and controls its own destiny. LAFC needs Real Salt Lake, also on 45 points, to lose or draw against Sporting Kansas City.

“Everything to play for,” LAFC head coach Bob Bradley said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We certainly understand the situation. We’ve got to take care of three points. We now know that we’ve got a chance to go to Colorado, win a game, maybe get a break or two and then go into the playoffs with some real momentum.”

The Rapids (16-7-10, 58 points) have already clinched at least the third seed in the playoffs and can finish second, or even win the West with a win over LAFC and some help.

If Colorado beats LAFC, first-place Seattle loses or draws with Vancouver and second-place Sporting Kansas City loses or draws against Real Salt Lake, Colorado wins the conference and gets a first-round bye.

“For us, we really need to focus on the task at hand,” Rapids coach Robin Fraser said. “As I said, (LAFC are) a very good team and very difficult to beat. Our focus is winning that game. We can’t control what Seattle or Kansas City (do).”

LAFC hasn’t lost in more than a month, with three wins and three ties in the last six games. Colorado has two wins, two losses and a tie over its last five games.

–Field Level Media

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