Colorado Rapids Vs. Chivas USA: What Happened To Altitude Advantage?

Playing home games at altitude is supposed to be a significant advantage. In recent years in particular, the Rapids have been very good at home, going 16-4-10 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park from 2009-10. This year, they haven't been bad at home, per se, but they've dropped a frustrating number of points there. The latest example came on Saturday, when they twice blew one-goal leads and settled for a 2-2 tie with Chivas USA. The Rapids have now won just 5 of 12 at home, and have ties against four teams currently outside of playoff qualification.

The equalizer in this one came in the 86th minute on a Laurent Courtois' first MLS goal. The recently signed Frenchman took a nice pass from Michael Lahoud and beat Rapids goalkeeper Matt Pickens inside the far post. Chivas USA also got a goal from newly acquired forward Juan Pablo Angel, who scored in the 36th minute.

The Rapids got goals from Caleb Folan and Jeff Larentowicz, but were unable to win their fourth straight game.f

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