METAPAN, El Salvador - Colorado revived its CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals hopes with a 3-1 victory over Metapan on Wednesday, getting goals from lightly used regulars Eddie Ababio,
Using a lineup with three players who have not played a minute in Major League Soccer this season, and under the direction of assistant Steve Guppy - who filled in for absent manager Gary Smith, Colorado improved to seven points, three behind Santos, one ahead of Metapan and two better than Real Espana.
The Rapids still must travel to face Santos on October 19 in its group finale, while Metapan will be home against Espana a day later.
The loss was a third straight for Metapan overall, but it ended a two-game goalless streak, including last week's 6-0 loss to Santos.
The match featured six yellow cards and an indirect free kick inside the Colorado penalty area that resulted in Metapan's only goal.
Both sides had early chances but Colorado went ahead in the 31st minute when Ababio, one of the three yet to play in MLS this year, settled a ball off his chest and chipped Metapan keeper Miguel Montes from the right side, putting the ball in the far side netting.
The goal ended a streak of 226 minutes Metapan had not allowed a goal at home in the Champions League since the Seattle Sounders scored in last year's tournament.
The Salvadorans equalized five minutes later when Honduran referee Raul Castro apparently ruled Rapids keeper Steward Ceus did not return to the ball to play quickly enough, giving him a yellow card and awarding Metapan an indirect free just inside the 18.
Metpan engineered a set piece that Alfredo Pacheco finished with a low drive inside the right post.
The Salvadoran hosts continued to push forward and Allan Kardeck Dos Santos struck the crossbar with a right-footed volley.
But Colorado went ahead a second time in the 49th when Amarikwa latched on to an attempted defensive headed clearance attempt and struck the ball out of the air on the edge of the penalty arc, driving it past Montes. , who let the ball slip under him at his right post.
Knowing a win would send it to the quarterfinals, Metapan increased its push forward but was caught on a counter in the 77th when Michael Holody, another of the players yet to step on the field in MLS this season, launched a long ball out of the back. It floated over the Metapan defense where Cummings chased it down unchallenged and easily beat Montes from 10 meters.
The win ended an eight-match winless streak for Colorado, winning for the first time since beating Metapan in Colorado on August 17.