Last season, both sides earned their way into the 2010 MLS playoff bracket, with Colorado eventually going all the way to win the league title. This season, only Colorado seems set to make the cut, as San Jose trails a full 11 points behind with only four matches left to play.
The home side didn't appear terribly prepared to defend their playoff position as the season's end begins to draw near, allowing an early first-half goal from the visitors when goalkeeper Matt Pickens failed to gather a powerful shot from Khari Stephenson, giving Chris Wondolowski an easy-effort goal off the rebound.
The defending Golden Boot winner almost brought his tally to two on the night in the 35th minute, when a sleeping Colorado defensive line allowed him to sneak through, only to be stopped by Pickens in the resulting one-on-one opportunity.
Colorado's second-half equalizing goal came from an unlikely source, as defensive player Drew Moor took advantage of some chaos in San Jose's box in the 71st minute to score his third of the season.
The goal allowed Colorado to secure a crucial point in the standings at home with a 1-1 final result, and hold on to their wild card position in the MLS playoff picture. Their next fixture will be on Wednesday, as they travel to El Salvador to take on Isidro Metapan in the CONCACAF Champions League.
San Jose: Chris Wondolowski (19')
Colorado: Drew Moor (71')
Colorado Rapids Lineup:
Matt Pickens, Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Miguel Comminges, Sanna Nyassi, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Jamie Smith, Omar Cummings, Caleb Folan.
Subs: Brian Mullan for Jamie Smith (58'), Macoumba Kandji for Omar Cummings (65'), Wells Thompson for Miguel Comminges (89')
San Jose Lineup:
Jon Busch, Steven Beitashour, Nana Attakora, Bobby Burling, Justin Morrow, Jacob Peterson, Rafael Baca, Ramiro Corrales, Simon Dawkins, Khari Stephenson, Chris Wondolowski
Subs: Brad Ring for Nana Attakora (30'), Joey Gjertsen for Jacob Peterson (66'), Maxwell Griffin for Rafael Baca (83')