The Colorado Rapids ended their winless stretch last weekend amid the threat of a potential plague in the Denver area. Now, they look to survive an Earthquake.
Hoping to build on a needed victory, the host Rapids aim to avoid losing to San Jose for the second time in two weeks Saturday night.
Colorado (6-12-5) did not let any potential concerns from the partial closure of a nearby wildlife refuge containing some plague-infested prairie dogs keep it from ending an 0-3-1 rut with a 6-3 home win over Montreal last Saturday.
After Kei Kamara was on the wrong end of an own goal in the 18th minute, he netted a hat trick and Jack Price recorded three assists to generate something positive for the last-place Rapids.
"It was exciting," Price told the Rapids' official website. "To create some chances and score six goals, it was nice. We kick on from here. And (hopefully) go on a little run."
Coming off his second career hat trick and now with 11 goals in 2019, Kamara is the first player in MLS history to post double-digit goals in a season with five different teams.
Kamara and Co. must shift their focus and try to win back-to-back games for the first time since June 1 and 8. That won't be an easy task against San Jose (11-7-5), which has just one loss over its last 12 league contests.
Vako and Shea Salinas each scored as San Jose beat Colorado 3-1 at home on July 27 to extend its season-high winning streak to four games. That run ended last Saturday versus Columbus, but the 'Quakes still earned a point through a 1-1 draw at home.
Magnus Eriksson converted a penalty attempt to put San Jose ahead 1-0 in the 41st minute, but the Crew equalized through Gyasi Zardes in the 65th. Eriksson has two goals with an assist over the last three games.
"We don't focus too much on the other team," midfielder Tommy Thompson told the Earthquakes' official website. "We have a style that's been working really well for us, so we have to focus on our game week-to-week, and put in the effort that we've been putting in. The results will come."
While San Jose's overall winning streak has ended, it still has the chance to win three straight road games for the first time since 2012.
"Playing on the road is never easy in Major League Soccer," Thompson said. "We've done a good job of playing the way we do at home on the road, as well. We have to focus on doing the little things right, and continuing to play the way we've been playing."
Updated August 8, 2019