Nov 8, 2021 - Sports
Colorado Rapids win first regular-season conference title
Dominique Badji of the Colorado Rapids scored a goal Sunday. Photo: Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images
Dominique Badji of the Colorado Rapids scored a goal Sunday. Photo: Timothy Nwachukwu/Getty Images

The Colorado Rapids routed Los Angeles FC in the final regular-season game Sunday with a 5–2 victory that clinched them first place in the Western Conference.

Why it matters: It's the team's first regular-season conference title.

What to know: The Rapids — who posted a 17-7-10 record this year — had previously clinched a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs but were able to claim the conference's top spot with their win alongside a draw by the Seattle Sounders and Sporting KC's loss to Real Salt Lake.

  • The team finished the regular season with the most points in franchise history, according to ESPN. Their 17 wins are the club's most since 1999.
  • Sunday's win also kept LAFC out of the playoffs for the first time in the club's four-year history.

What's next: The Rapids will next take to the pitch in the Western Conference Semifinals, as the team now has a first-round playoff bye.

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