With these two clubs tenth and 14th in the Western Conference, their play-off hopes are both very much over.
Of the two, given that they were best in the west in 2021, Colorado Rapids’ lowly position is far more disappointing.
On Saturday, they at least came from a goal down to beat Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.
Gyasi Zardes, Diego Rubio from the penalty spot and Jonathan Lewis on target at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
This ended the Rapids’ six-game winless streak and lifted them up to tenth.
Although, given that they’re seven points below the play-off line with just four games remaining, it would take a remarkable turnaround for them to make it.
San Jose Earthquakes meantime are just looking to avoid finishing rock bottom of the west for the seventh time.
However, this seems likely after the Quakes were hammered 6-0 at FC Cincinnati on Saturday, the club’s second-biggest defeat of all time.
Alex Covelo’s team are now at the foot of the conference, below Houston on goal difference, with a game in hand, which is the small matter of a California Clásico.
A home victory seems likely in Denver.