Colorado Rapids Keen on beating Seattle, SKC to top West

Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids have been one of the best stories of the regular season after starting their season under the radar and wrapping it up in a battle for the No. 1 seed in the highly competitive Western Conference.

Rapids midfield maestro Kellyn Acosta joined the most recent episode of The Call Up to talk up Colorado's 2021 rich vein of form and how exactly the team managed to achieve it. To hear the midfielder tell it, there was always a little internal that they could eclipse the preseason hopes that surrounded the team.

Acosta told co-hosts Susannah Collins and Jillian Sakovits via, "Yes, we always had belief in ourselves, you can talk about 'we won't be at the top', but it's a matter of executing it and I think we've done a great job this year. We've kind of gone under the radar, even now, teams don't really talk about us too much, but we've been slowly climbing up the ranks and we've been pretty consistent throughout the year and getting solid results. Obviously hosting a playoff match is huge and is definitely beneficial for our run in the playoffs, so we're looking to do that. We've got a few more games left and we're obviously trying to pass Kansas City and catch up to Seattle and pass Seattle.

"Overall, it's definitely been a pretty good year and we're happy with how far we've come, but we know we still have a long way to go," via best australian online casinos.

Along the way, Colorado head coach Robin Fraser emerges as a deserving Sigi Schmid Coach of the Year contender during his second full season at the dough out. He originally linked up with the club in August 2019 after serving as assistant coach of Toronto FC.

An MLS veteran during his heydays who suited up for Colorado Rapids from 2001-03 seasons, Acosta said that Robin Fraser's detail-oriented and player-friendly coaching approach has been vital to getting the team near the top of the Western table.

Acosta said via, "He's a guy that's super detail-oriented, we watch a lot of films, a lot of videos, despite them being very long."

"He's a guy that likes to analyze everything. He's done a great job of giving us the information to execute his system to the fullest potential and I think we've done just that.

"He's not only a good coach but a great guy, a guy you can talk to outside of football and a guy that understands, that's played at the highest level with the US national team, MLS. I didn't know too much about his career until the MLS unveiled 25 of the most decorated and impactful players in MLS history honored as part of the 25th Season celebration, and I see my coach there and I'm like, 'Oh, you pretty good!' He tries to jump into the train with us, maybe not as good as he once was, but you can still see some quality, his brain is still there. He's been a great coach, been tremendous for us, he's a key reason why we're in the place we're in."

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