Rapids are the Western Conference's surprise package

November 2, 2006
By Jeff Carlisle
Exactly when is it appropriate to show a party crasher to the door? It's a question that might stump Miss Manners, but if you're the Houston Dynamo, you're hoping that the answer is this Sunday around 8 p.m. local time. If you're the Colorado Rapids, the response is whenever they like, preferably with the Western Conference trophy safely in tow.

At this point in the MLS postseason, the Rapids have certainly done their utmost to assume the role of the uninvited guest. After ...

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