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October 19, 2013 6:00 PM EDT
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Colorado Rapids 3-2 Vancouver Whitecaps: Vancouver eliminated in back-and-forth thriller

A Gabriel Torres brace and Deshorn Brown tally strengthened Colorado's playoff positioning while ending the Whitecaps' postseason hopes.

By Thomas Floyd

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Colorado Rapids
As the Colorado Rapids took another step toward a postseason return, the Vancouver Whitecaps saw their playoff hopes extinguished for good.

Two strikes from Gabriel Torres and one from Deshorn Brown led the Rapids to a 3-2 victory Saturday over the Whitecaps, who got goals from Kekuta Manneh and Camilo.

Colorado (14-10-9) opened up a four-point lead on the San Jose Earthquakes for the final Western Conference playoff spot, while Vancouver (12-12-9) was mathematically eliminated with one game remaining — next week's rematch with the Rapids.

Manneh opened the scoring in the 32nd minute. Collecting a pass from Daigo Kobayashi some 25 yards from goal, the 18-year-old turned and curled his effort into the top-right corner. It was Manneh's sixth goal of the season, and fourth in two games.

Colorado drew even four minutes before halftime. After Carlyle Mitchell pulled down Drew Moor in the box, Torres placed his penalty into the side netting. And the Rapids went ahead in the 51st minute when Brown ran onto a Clint Irwin goal kick and chipped over the charging David Ousted.

Vancouver made it 2-2 in the 75th minute when Shane O'Neill tripped up Jordan Harvey in the box and Camilo converted the penalty for his 19th goal of the season.

But the Rapids got the winner in spectacular fashion just two minutes later. Bringing down Brown's switch, Torres cut in from the right flank and hit a bending shot to the far post that struck the bottom of the crossbar on its way in.

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Colorado Rapids

1
Clinton Irwin
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Drew Moor
Defender
 - 
22
Marvell Wynne
Defender
 - 
-
Shane O'Neill
Defender
 - 
15
Chris Klute
Defender
 - 
2
Nick LaBrocca
Midfielder
46′
 - 
20
H. Thomas
Midfielder
 - 
24
Nathan Sturgis
Defender
69′
 - 
7
V. Sánchez
Striker
79′
 - 
26
Deshorn Brown
Striker
51′ 83′
 - 
30
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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1
David Ousted
Goalkeeper
 - 
12
 - 
-
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2
 - 
6
Jay DeMerit
Defender
 - 
29
Matthew Watson
Midfielder
61′
 - 
20
 - 
16
 - 
-
Jun Davidson
Midfielder
84′
 - 
23

Substitutes

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Matt Pickens
Goalkeeper
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G. Mera
Defender
83′
 - 
-
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Martín Rivero
Midfielder
79′
 - 
23
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J. Castrillón
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
18
Brad Knighton
Goalkeeper
 - 
16
J. Leverón
Defender
 - 
28
Gershon Koffie
Midfielder
 - 
31
 - 
9
 - 
11
 - 
19

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Coach/Manager

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Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Striker
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Striker
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
Striker
Colorado
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Striker
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Striker
Sporting KC
4 1