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Time for Rapids' imports to take over?
August 16th, 2013 11:34PM
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[MLS PREVIEW: Week 25] Draft picks Dillon Powers and Deshorn Brown, defenders Chris Klute and Shane O'Neill and goalie Clint Irwin -- who had played a combined two MLS games before this season -- have gotten the Colorado Rapids into playoff contention. Is it now time for Colorado's new imports to take over? Panamanian Gabriel Torres and Vicente Sanchez could make their first appearances on Saturday when the Rapids host the Vancouver Whitecaps in a critical Western Conference showdown.

Colorado and Vancouver enter the weekend tied for second place in the Western Conference, but only three points separate the four teams below them.

The Rapids hold the longest active unbeaten streak in the league at eight games. They're also the only team in the league with two unbeaten streaks of six games or more in 2013.

Longest Unbeaten Streaks:
15 Portland (7-0-8)
9 FC Dallas (6-0-3)
8 Real Salt Lake (6-0-2)
8 *Colorado (4-0-4)
7 New York (5-0-2)
6 Vancouver (5-0-1)
6 Chicago (4-0-2)
6 Seattle (4-0-2)
6 Colorado (3-0-3)
*Active

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 25:
Saturday, August 17
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. D.C. United
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Chicago
Columbus vs. Toronto FC
8 pm ET
New York vs. Philadelphia, NBCSN
9 pm ET
Houston vs. Seattle
9:30 pm ET
Colorado vs. Vancouver
10:30 pm ET
LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
11 pm ET
Portland vs. FC Dallas

Sunday, August 18

11 pm ET
San Jose vs. Sporting KC, UniMas
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MLS STANDINGS:
Eastern Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

39 Sporting KC 11-7-6 36/24
38 New York 11-8-5 36/31
37 Philadelphia 10-7-7 36/32
35 Montreal 10-7-5 34/34
33 Houston 9-7-6 26/22
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31 Chicago 9-9-4 29/32
30 New England 8-8-6 27/23
26 Columbus 7-11-5 27/30
20 Toronto FC 4-11-8 21/31
13 D.C. United 3-17-4 13/38

Western Conference:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-

41 Real Salt Lake 12-7-5 39/26
36 Vancouver 10-7-6 37/29
36 Colorado 9-7-9 31/27
35 Portland 8-3-11 32/21
34 LA Galaxy 10-9-4 35/30
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34 Seattle 10-7-4 29/23
33 FC Dallas 8-6-9 30/33
30 San Jose 8-10-6 25/35
18 Chivas USA 4-13-6 20/40
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MLS LEADING SCORERS:
G PLAYER (TEAM)
14 Camilo (Vancouver)
14 Mike Magee (Los Angeles/Chicago)
11 Marco Di Vaio (Montreal)
10 Jack McInerney (Philadelphia)
9 Conor Casey (Philadelphia)
9 Alvaro Saborio (Real Salt Lake)
9 Dominic Oduro (Columbus)
9 Claudio Bieler (Sporting KC)
8 Blas Perez (FC Dallas)

MLS SCHEDULE, Week 26:
Wednesday, August 21
10:30 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. FC Dallas
11 pm ET
Portland vs. Real Salt Lake

Friday, August 23
8:30 pm ET
Chicago vs. Sporting KC, NBCSN

Saturday, August 24
7 pm ET
D.C. United vs. Toronto FC
7 pm ET
Montreal vs. Houston
9 pm ET
FC Dallas vs. San Jose
9 pm ET
Vancouver vs. LA Galaxy
9:30 pm ET
Real Salt Lake vs. Columbus

Sunday, August 25
5 pm ET
Chivas USA vs. New York, UniMas
7:30 pm ET
New England vs. Philadelphia
10 pm ET
Seattle vs. Portland, ESPN2


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