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Overlooked and Underloved: Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City

May 17, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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Back for a second week, it’s Overlooked and Underloved. Here’s what to watch while the rest of the world is taking in Vancouver Whitecaps-Seattle Sounders, Montreal-NYRB, and the Galaxy-Chivas clasico featuring Juan Agudelo:

Colorado Rapids hosting Sporting Kansas City

To the bulletpoints, please:

  • The Rapids are terribly inconsistent — alternating wins and losses in their last five, including a mid-week butt-whipping by D.C. United — but 3-1 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a +7 goal differential.
  • Speaking of goal differential, the Rapids +1 ranks 7th in the league, despite the squad’s 5th place standing the Western Conference. SKC’s +6 ties them for 5th. Point is: These teams are good.
  • Can you say playoff revenge? Sporting KC defeated the Rapids 4-0 during a two-leg playoff in 2011.
  • SKC won 7 straight, then lost 3 in a row. They need to pull out of the tailspin. If they don’t, Peter Vermes’ head might explode, which will also be worth watching.
  • Between the teams, 28 goals over 21 games. Not San Jose Earthquakes style, but there will be action.
  • If it were up to us, this would totally be a Rivalry Cup? It’s totally drivable.
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