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Earthquakes looking to gain ground on Rapids

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The San Jose Earthquakes look to continue their climb up the MLS Western Conference standings Saturday night when they host the Colorado Rapids.

The Rapids (11-4-5, 38 points) are in third place in the West, one of the better stories in the league this season with their somewhat unexpected level of success. And they are just two points out of second place and four out of the top spot with two games in hand against first-place Seattle and second-place Sporting Kansas City.

But the Earthquakes (6-7-8, 26 points) are surging, unbeaten in 10 straight matches with three wins and seven draws in that stretch. It’s the third-longest undefeated streak in the club’s history and the longest since a 14-game run from July to October 2005.

Historically, the Quakes have had great success against the Rapids. Colorado has won just one of its last 18 games at San Jose in MLS play, a stretch that includes eight draws.

The most recent meeting was a 1-1 draw in Colorado on July 17. The Earthquakes got a weekend off on their schedule last week.

“Hopefully this break serves us well. The players know my mentality regarding the past, present, and future,” San Jose coach Matias Almeyda told the club website. “I don’t get caught up in one good game or one bad game.”

The Rapids held on to rising star midfielder Cole Bassett despite heavy interest from one of the top clubs in Portugal, SL Benfica, at the international transfer window. Bassett, a Colorado native, chose to stay with his club as it sets its sights on the postseason.

Colorado is undefeated in its last six matches, with four wins. But this weekend they are without midfielders Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada) and Kellyn Acosta (U.S.), both with their respective national teams for World Cup qualifiers.

“That’s one of the things about this team is that we, through our fight and determination, we’ve lately been giving ourselves a chance to win every game,” Rapids coach Robin Fraser said.

–Field Level Media

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