Late-game substitute Dominique Badji's 89th-minute goal gave the Colorado Rapids a 1-0 win over the host San Jose Earthquakes, in a Major League Soccer match without many good scoring chances for either team.
Colorado (12-4-5, 41 points) took the three points from the win and moved into second place at the top of the tightly-packed Western Conference. The Rapids are undefeated in their last seven matches, with five wins, and won without midfielders Mark-Anthony Kaye (Canada) and Kellyn Acosta (U.S.), both with their respective national teams for World Cup qualifiers.
Colorado leapfrogged Sporting Kansas City, which lost on Friday night, into second place. Badji's goal came about a minute after he entered the game.
San Jose (6-8-8, 26 points) remains out of the playoff picture for the moment, and its 10-game unbeaten streak came to a halt.
In the 59th minute, Colorado's Cole Bassett hit the post for Rapids, their best chance of the game.
The Rapids had five shots on goal to two for San Jose. Colorado had won just one of its last 18 games away against San Jose in MLS play, including eight draws, going back as far as 2004.