Colorado 4, Philadelphia 1: Omar Cummings Not Long for MLS?

The Colorado Rapids have already turned down a transfer offer for striker Omar Cummings, from Mexican club Necaxa, and we’d say it’s a good bet they can expect more—and more lucrative—offers in the winter market.

The Jamaican international hit two for the Rapids last night in a 4-1 romp over expansion side Philadelphia at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The double gives him 12 goals for the season and six in four September games, good enough to win the MLS Player of the Month award.

Cummings is certainly on a roll, but last night, he also benefitted from some AYSO-style defending by the Union.

Eight minutes into the game, Macoumba Kandji (in for the suspended Conor Casey) took a pass from right back Kosuke Kimura and attacked down the right side. When Philly defender Michael Orozco-Fiscal backed waaaay off him at the edge of the box, the lanky Rapids striker used the space to center the ball for Cummings, loosely marked in front of goal. He lunged and poked a shot inside the far post.

Just seven minutes later, Cummings was left free at the back post and did well to adjust his body to volley home Jamie Smith’s corner for a 2-0 lead.

Wells Thompson added a goal off a rebound in the 68th minute and substitute Quincy Amarikwa took a pass from Kandji to score the fourth in the 86th minute.

Eighteen-year-old Jack McInerny pulled one back for the Union right at the end, but it was cold comfort for Philly, which was coming off one of its best performances of the year, a 3-0 rout of Chivas USA last Saturday.

The result, Colorado’s fifth straight win at home, puts the Rapids closer to their first playoff appearance in four years, and drops Philadelphia 12 points off the postseason pace with four games to play.