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September 12, 2020 at 05:59AM

The Colorado Rapids continue to record points. Just not as many and in the fashion as they would like.

Following a third consecutive draw, the Rapids once again aim for a needed victory when they try to avoid losing a third time this season to host Real Salt Lake on Saturday night.

Colorado (2-3-4) has 10 points in 2020, but it's not won a match since taking the first two of the year before the regular season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic all the way back in March. The Rapids' last three games have each been played to 1-1 draws.

Not bad in the sense that Colorado earned at least something from those efforts, but not good enough since the club remains below the playoff line in the Western Conference. In Wednesday's draw versus Houston, Colorado needed a stoppage-time equalizer from Lalas Abubakar just to record that single point.

"At the end, the resilience of the team showed again," Rapids coach Robin Fraser told the media during following Wednesday's match. "We come out of a tie, but a little bit of a disappointing tie … We're definitely a little disappointed because we thought we did enough to win the game.

"We're putting ourselves in positions to be dangerous and we just need to work on our timing and our coordination and our precision to take potential chances and turn them into really solid chances."

Colorado recorded 26 total shots, but was outscored 6-1 while losing both previous 2020 meetings to Real Salt Lake. In fact the Rapids' only score in those contests came via an RSL own goal. The most recent setback, 4-1 last month upon the resumption of the regular season.

Maikel Chang had a goal with two assists for Salt Lake in the latest match with Colorado. Teammate Damir Kreilach (five goals) has scored twice against the Rapids this season.

Chang assisted on Kreilach's goal, and Justin Meram and Albert Rusnak also scored in Wednesday's 3-0 victory over Los Angeles FC. That result ended an 0-1-2 stretch for RSL (3-2-5), which is above the playoff line in the West and within striking distance of the top spot in the standings.

"Overall, it was a good performance for us," Rusnak told Real Salt Lake's official website of the LAFC result. "We need to concentrate on ourselves. When we play like we did (against LAFC), I feel like we have a very high chance of getting the result against any team."

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