Robin Fraser expressed pride in the âhard workâ his Colorado Rapids team put in to advance to the MLS Cup playoffs.
A 2-0 victory over the Portland Timbers on Saturday was enough to seal a second straight playoff spot after missing three straight years before.
Colorado are among the lowest spenders in MLS and have no permanent designated players in their ranks – Younes Namli is their only DP, but he’s only at the club on loan from Russian club FC Krasnodar.
Still, Fraser’s men are third behind the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC in the West, with neither team losing less than their six games in their own conference.
Speaking to reporters after Saturday’s game, Fraser praised his players for defying the odds again in 2021.
âThat’s why we play. This is why we are in competition. That’s why I’ve been doing this for as long as I’ve been doing it, is trying to win and trying to position myself to win things, âsaid Fraser.
âWhat I’m really proud of is this group of players that is often overlooked. Small team, small budget, all of those things. I’m really proud of the strength and cohesion that they have worked with all through. year to get there. “
Fraser added that the Rapids’ qualifying for the playoffs is no accident and that they fully deserve their chance to win MLS Cup glory, which remains the ultimate goal.
“I’m really, really happy for them because we’re not here by luck. We’re here because they deserved it,” he continued. âFor that I’m really, really excited. But that’s the first goal. We have a few other goals that we want to address here. But just being here and being in the playoffs is definitely a rewarding feeling. Again, really. proud of the group.
The Rapids’ next task is to try and catch the SKC and the Sounders above them to get as many home games as possible. The former are tied in the standings and are ahead only on games won, while the latter hold a three-point lead with three games to go.
Next up is a trip Wednesday to the new Supporters’ Shield champions, New England Revolution.