Robin Fraser has expressed pleasure within the “hard work” his Colorado Rapids aspect have proven to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.
A 2-0 win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday was sufficient to seal a second consecutive berth within the post-season after lacking out for three years in a row beforehand.
Colorado are among the many lowest spenders in MLS and haven’t any everlasting Designated Players of their ranks – Younes Namli is their sole DP however is just on the membership on mortgage from Russian aspect FC Krasnodar.
Even so, Fraser’s males are third solely to the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC within the West, whereas no aspect has misplaced fewer than their six video games in their very own convention.
Speaking to reporters after Saturday’s match, Fraser praised his gamers for defying the chances as soon as once more in 2021.
“It’s why we play. It’s why we compete. It’s why I’ve done this for as long as I have, is to try to win and try to get into positions to win things,” said Fraser.
“What I’m really proud of is this group of players that is oftentimes disregarded. Small team, low budget, all these things. I’m really proud of how hard and how cohesively they’ve worked all year to get to this point.”
Fraser added that the Rapids’ playoff qualification is no fluke and that they’re fully deserving of their shot at MLS Cup glory, which remains the ultimate aim.
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“I’m really, really happy for them because we’re not here by luck. We’re here because they earned it,” he continued. “For that, I’m really, really excited. But that’s the first goal. We have a couple of other goals we want to address here. But just to get here and to be in the playoffs is certainly a gratifying feeling. Again, just really proud of the group.”
The subsequent job for the Rapids is to attempt to catch the SKC and the Sounders above them to safe as many dwelling playoff matches as doable. The former are stage within the desk and solely forward on video games gained, whereas the latter maintain a three-point lead with three video games to go.
Up subsequent is a visit to newly-crowned Supporters’ Shield champions New England Revolution on Wednesday.