The Union hope to take the momentum from what team manager Peter Nowak called their best Major League Soccer performance of the season when they resume action on Wednesday in Colorado against the Rapids.
On Saturday, the Union improved to 7-12-6 with a 3-0 win over Chivas USA at PPL Park.
The Union meet a Colorado team that is 10-7-8 with 38 points. Colorado holds the eighth and final playoff position.
With 27 points and five games remaining, the Union are still mathematically alive for the postseason, but it would take a serious collapse by teams in front of them and a near perfect ending by the Union for them to qualify.
More pointed is the situation in goal. The Union had struggled with Chris Seitz in goal for most of the season. Brad Knighton has come in and helped the Union produce their only two shutouts of the season. In three starts since replacing Seitz, Knighton has yielded just one goal.
So naturally, Nowak was asked if Knighton will be the goalie next year. And of course Nowak wasn't going to commit to next season's keeper this year.
"I think right now he has all the confidence to be No. 1, and he will stay in goal as well. But I don't have a crystal ball for what's going to happen in November, December," Nowak said after Saturday's win. "We will see how everything goes, and I think that we feel very comfortable with Brad."
The Union and Rapids played to a 1-1 draw on Aug. 14 at PPL Park. That was a game that ended with the Union fuming that forward Sebastien Le Toux didn't draw a penalty kick after being taken down in the box in the 92d minute.