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Colorado Rapids 1998
1998 Club by Club
Colorado aimed to repeat their successful 1997 season one year on, as the coaching staff kept an almost identical squad in search of going one step further and lifting the ’98 MLS Cup. Yet an extremely slow start to the season, just 3 wins out of their first 11 games, saw the Rapids drifting out of playoff contention. But when they looked down and out, an incredible late season rally saw them climb to finish as the 3rd seed in the West after winning 8 games out of their last 10.
The Rapids success was spearheaded by the stunning trio of Paul Bravo, Wolde Harris and Ross Paule as all three lit up the scoring charts, with the Rapids surging towards the playoffs. Harris led the way with a franchise high 13 goals for the season, and Bravo and Paule weren’t far behind as the team had three goalscorers with ten or more goals in one season for the first time in it’s history. And as the goals were being racked up, Marcus Hahnemann was keeping them out at the other end as he put in some inspired displays and recorded a team record 16 wins on the season.
After their remarkable recovery in the second half of the campaign the Rapids finished the season with a 16-16 record, giving them their first .500 winning percentage in franchise history. With their success as underdogs as the 4th seed from 1997, the Rapids entered the postseason in similar fashion as they looked to down the much-favored Chicago Fire. However this season the Rapids weren’t going to cause any upsets, as they bowed out in the Western conference semifinals after being swept by the eventual ‘98 MLS Cup champions, the Fire.