MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: Seattle Sounders vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: MLS Playoffs (Western Conference Final – First Leg) Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: CenturyLink Field – Tuesday, November 22 – 22:00 ET (03:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Seattle 4/5 – Draw 23/10 – Colorado 7/2

Match Preview

Seattle Sounders take on Colorado Rapids in the first leg of the 2016 Western Conference Final, with both sides now two games away from a place in this year’s MLS Cup Final.

The Sounders have been in incredible form since August and look in a strong position to go all the way after winning seven of their last eight games at CenturyLink Field.

As the home side, the pressure is on Seattle to breakdown a strong Colorado defence. They might be missing Tim Howard, but the Sounders know they need to be at their absolute best if they are to take a strong lead into the second leg.

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas - Sounders Celebrate

A 2-1 loss at Dallas last time out was disappointing, but Seattle advanced easily because of their 3-0 win in the home leg a week before. A similar plan will be in place for this clash.

Colorado edged past LA Galaxy on penalties last time out but they have only scored two goals in their last four and are struggling for form at a pivotal stage of the season.

Embed from Getty Images

They head to Seattle as underdogs and will be looking to remain tight at the back and try and hit the hosts on the counter. Avoiding a heavy loss will be crucial if they are to reach the MLS Cup Final in a month’s time.

These two sides met twice during the regular season with Colorado winning both games. They are looking for a fourth-straight win against the Sounders here. They have only met in the playoffs once before, with the Sounders eliminating the Rapids 2-0 in 2013.

Team News

Clint Dempsey remains out for the Sounders, who have a number of players that are in danger of missing the game. Jordan Morris, Andreas Ivanschitz, Alvaro Fernandez and Roman Torres are listed as questionable, while Dylan Remick is likely to miss out again with concussion.

Colorado have been rocked by the loss of Tim Howard, who has been ruled out for four months with a groin injury. Dillon Serna is also out, while Shkelzen Gashi is a doubt with an ankle problem.

Key Points

Seattle Sounders’ last five: L/W/W/W/L

Colorado Rapid’s last five: W/L/D/L/W

Key Stat: Seattle have won their last five home playoff games, while Colorado have lost each of their last five road games in the playoffs, dating back ten years.

Key Player: Nicolas Lodeiro – The Sounders playmaker is one of the league’s most creative players and he’s proven his worth time and time again. If Seattle are going to win the first leg, they need Lodeiro at his best to carve open a resolute Colorado defence.

Seattle Sounders vs FC Dallas - Nicolas Lodeiro

Score Prediction

Seattle Sounders 1-0 Colorado Rapids – The Sounders have had an incredible ride into the playoffs and their strong form should continue with another win here. They have kept back-to-back home clean sheets in the playoffs this season and look poised to keep another here, with the bigger challenge coming at the other end of the field. The Rapids are the best defensive team in the league and so Seattle will need to create something special to break them down. They should get at least one goal and take a narrow lead into the second leg.

Advertisements

MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy

Competition: MLS Cup Playoffs (Western Conference Semifinal – Second Leg) – Colorado Rapids vs. LA Galaxy

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Sunday, November 6 – 14:00 ET (19:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: Colorado 1/1 – Draw 11/5 – LA Galaxy 11/4 

Match Preview

A place in the Western Conference Final is up for grabs on Sunday as Colorado Rapids welcome LA Galaxy to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the biggest game of the 2016 MLS campaign for these sides.

Colorado have work to do, they fell to a 1-0 defeat in the first leg last weekend. They are still more than in the game and know they are capable of progressing.

The Rapids now haven’t beaten Galaxy in their last three attempts, but the last meeting here ended with a Colorado win.

Pablo Mastroeni’s side are under a huge amount of pressure to perform, they just need to keep a calm mentality and start well. If they can get an early goal, or most importantly, the first goal in the game, the momentum will swing their way.

Embed from Getty Images

LA Galaxy’s fate is in their own hands, avoid defeat and they’ve reached the Western Conference final, yet this game will be anything but straightforward.

Bruce Arena will be fully aware his side are going to be under pressure from the moment they step out to warm up. The Colorado fans are going to do everything possible to make this an uncomfortable atmosphere.

Giovani dos Santos’ strike was enough to give Galaxy a lead into the second leg, but it is a slender one, he, like many of LA’s star-players are going to have to dig deep and show what they’re made of.

Galaxy have plenty of players with big-game experience they will be relying on here. The LA defence are going to expect to face more than one shot on their goal as they did in the first leg, so it is important they’re switched on from the get-go.

Embed from Getty Images

Team News

Colorado Rapids are expecting to be without Dillon Serna and Marlon Hairston for the second leg. Mastroeni’s starting XI are going to have to give everything from the off to ensure they give Galaxy their hardest game of the season.

LA Galaxy will be without Gyasi Zardes, while Steven Gerrard remains a doubt as continues to struggle with a hamstring injury.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/W/L/D/L

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/W/D/W/W

Key Stat: Fortress – Colorado are unbeaten in their last 17 games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. They need to make their home advantage count if they’re going to progress.

Key Player: Brian Rowe – The Galaxy ‘keeper is going to need to be at his best. Colorado are going to throw everything at him in this tie, he will be relied on as the last line of defence. Rowe will be looking to slow the game down all the while the result is in Galaxy’s favour, that will break up the flow of the tie and frustrate the Rapids.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-1 LA Galaxy – Colorado to fall short in the semis. This has the makings of a cagey game with little to split the sides, much like the first leg. Galaxy will be looking to finish the job off, but know they could well regret not bringing a bigger advantage into the second leg if they’re not careful.

MLS Playoffs Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: MLS Cup Playoffs (Western Conference Semifinal – First Leg) – LA Galaxy vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: StubHub Center – Sunday, October 30 – 19:00 ET (21:00 GMT) 

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 5/6 – Draw 23/10 – Colorado 100/30

Match Preview

LA Galaxy host the Colorado Rapids in what looks an intriguing Western Conference Semifinal first-leg clash on Sunday night, with one of the league’s most potent attacks coming up against the league’s best defence at StubHub Center.

LA eased past Real Salt Lake in the Knockout Round on Wednesday night and will undoubtedly have their eyes firmly set on the MLS Cup title. However, they have a long way to go yet and need to try and navigate their way past a very solid Rapids team over the next two weekends to reach the Conference Final.

Embed from Getty Images

The Galaxy have been dealing with injuries to key players for a number of weeks but appear to be coping well, with the likes of Alan Gordon and Emmanuel Boateng stepping up to deliver the goods when needed.

The onus is on LA to take Sunday’s game to Colorado, with the home fans no doubt expecting a victory in this first leg. That’s not unusual for the players, but they must make sure they don’t press too hard or risk being undone on the counter-attack.

Colorado are preparing for their first MLS Cup Playoff game for three years. They have not played in a Conference Semifinal since 2011 but know that they have more than earned their place in the postseason after a fine season.

Embed from Getty Images

The worry for the Rapids is that they ended the regular season poorly, losing out to Dallas on the Supporters’ Shield after failing to win either of their last two games.

These two met three times during the regular season, drawing twice at StubHub with Colorado winning the only meeting at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park back in March. This will be their first playoff clash since 2005.

Team News

LA Galaxy remain without Gyasi Zardes, who is out for the season, while Steven Gerrard remains a doubt as he’s struggling with a hamstring problem. Robbie Keane missed out again on Wednesday night but could make a return to the starting lineup in place of Alan Gordon if passed fit in time. Landon Donovan will be hoping to start once again.

Colorado have had longer to prepare for this game than LA and also have three key men back and available to start after overcoming injuries, with Jermaine Jones, Marlon Hairston and Bobby Burling all ready to start. Dillon Serna remains Pablo Mastroeni’s only absentee.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/W/W/L/D

Key Stat: Colorado Rapids have the best defence in MLS this season, having conceded only 32 goals in 34 games. They kept a clean sheet in two of their three meetings with LA during the regular season.

Key Player: Tim Howard – Colorado know that this is a very tricky first-leg against an experienced side who will be looking to take full advantage of the home crowd. Tim Howard will expect to be busy but he has the ability to keep the Galaxy out and if he does, the Rapids will be in a very strong position.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 1-0 Colorado Rapids – This is likely to be the most tense and cagey affair of all the Conference Semifinal games on Sunday, with neither team likely to take too many risks. LA know they need to take the game to Colorado, but the Rapids are so good defensively that it will take something special for the Galaxy to seal a victory. However, they have enough talent to nick a goal and should take a small lead into next week’s game in Colorado.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Portland Timbers vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Portland Timbers vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Providence Park – Sunday, October 16 – 17:00 ET (22:00 BST)

Match Odds: Portland 5/6 – Draw 12/5 – Colorado 3/1

Match Preview

Portland Timbers host Colorado Rapids in a crunch Western Conference clash on the penultimate weekend of the 2016 regular season on Sunday evening.

Portland come into the game outside of the top six and need a win to keep hopes of retaining their MLS Cup title alive.

The Timbers have lost their last two on the spin – the most recent coming away at Colorado – and are now two points behind Sporting KC in the race for the postseason.

They need a win here, and need SKC to pick up no more than a point at RSL if they are to move into the top six ahead of the final week.

Embed from Getty Images

Caleb Porter’s side are struggling for form but they are still a force at home, having won their last five in front of their own fans. They need to keep that run going here.

Colorado come into the game top of the Supporters’ Shield standings after beating San Jose on Thursday night. It’s an incredible turnaround and they will now have their sights on securing the title over the last two weeks.

The Rapids have won their last three on the spin and are set to enter the playoffs in great form. They have the best defensive record in the league and are very tough to break down.

Embed from Getty Images

However, they have conceded five goals in their last two away games and that will give Portland confidence ahead of what is a crucial fixture for both sides.

Their previous meetings this season both came in Colorado, with a 0-0 draw in July followed by a 1-0 home win just two weeks ago.

Team News

Portland are still without centre-back Nat Borchers, while Darren Mattocks is listed as ‘questionable’. Gbenga Arokoyo is a doubt.

Colorado will be without Jermaine Jones once again, who is ruled out along with Bobby Burling and Dillon Serna. Marlon Hairston is a doubt with a leg injury but could be passed fit in time to play.

Key Points

Portland Timbers’ last five: L/W/W/L/L

Colorado Rapids’ last five: D/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Portland have won their last five home games against Colorado, outscoring their Western Conference rivals 11-2.

Key Player: Kevin Doyle – The Rapids’ Irish striker scored twice in midweek to earn three points for his side. He has six goals in 22 appearances but remains a clinical finisher if given the right service.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Portland Timbers 2-1 Colorado Rapids – It’s a massive game for both sides but a loss for Portland could see them eliminated from postseason contention. With that in mind, plus the fact that Colorado have already played twice over the last week, the Timbers could just edge this one to keep playoff hopes alive.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs San Jose Earthquakes

Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Thursday, October 13 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Colorado 19/20 – Draw 11/5 – San Jose 3/1

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids take on the San Jose Earthquakes in a rare Thursday night MLS clash, with the home side looking to go top of the Supporters’ Shield standings with just two weeks of the regular season to go.

The Rapids have had a great season and have already guaranteed a playoff berth. But they will have eyes on the main prize right now, considering they’re only two points off league leaders FC Dallas so this game in hand is a big one for the Colorado fans.

A 3-2 win in Houston on Saturday kept them on track for the Supporters’ Shield and a win at home here would put them in a great position with just two more regular season games to play after Thursday night’s clash.

Embed from Getty Images

For San Jose, it’s a really tough fixture at a really tough stage of the season. A whole of first-team players are unavailable and Dominic Kinnear’s men are six points off the playoffs coming into this one.

A win for the Quakes would make them believe they can secure a top six finish, but that’s a real tough ask considering they have one of the league’s worst away records this season.

A 2-1 victory at home to RSL ended a seven-game winless run last time out but it would take something very special for the Quakes to qualify for the playoffs over the final two weeks.

Seattle Sounders vs San Jose Earthquakes

 

Team News

Colorado Rapids may line up with the same side that beat Houston at the weekend. Dillon Serna, Jermaine Jones and Bobby Burling all remain out, while Kevin Doyle and Sean St Ledger are doubts. Dominique Badji looks set to lead the attack after scoring two at Houston last time out.

San Jose travel to Colorado without a whole host of first-team stars. David Bingham and Chris Wondolowski are with the US National Team and won’t feature, while Quincy Amarikwa, Marc Pelosi, Mark Sherrod, Clarence Goodson, Kip Colvey, Jordan Stewart and Alberto Quintero are all injured.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/D/D/W/W

San Jose Earthquakes’ last five: D/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Colorado Rapids are unbeaten in 15 home games in MLS, picking up the third-highest points total at home of all sides this season.

Key Player: Shkelzen Gashi – The Albanian playmaker is the Rapids’ top goalscorer this season with eight. He has six of those in his last nine and looks to be in great form at the playoffs edge closer.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-0 San Jose Earthquakes – Games between these two don’t produce many goals and that trend is likely to continue on Thursday night. The Rapids should get back to winning ways at home and will move to the top of the league if they do manage to seal all three points. Don’t expect this to be the most thrilling of ties, but the Rapids should edge it.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Houston Dynamo vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Saturday, October 8 – 20:30 ET (01:30 BST) 

Match Odds: Houston 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – Colorado 23/10

Match Preview

Houston Dynamo take on the Colorado Rapids on Saturday in this weekend’s lone MLS clash in what is an important battle in the West.

It may be international week, but neither of these sides have any call-ups to contend with and so an intriguing battle is expected to take place on Saturday evening.

Houston’s 2-0 loss to NYCFC last time out effectively ended their playoff hopes. They looked to be mounting a late-season surge, but they failed to register a single shot on target in that defeat and will likely struggle against a strong Colorado side here.

Embed from Getty Images

The Dynamo are rock bottom of the Western Conference, 11 points off the playoff spots with four games to play so it’s all about preparing for 2017 now.

On the other hand, Colorado are still fighting for the MLS Supporters’ Shield. They are five points behind league leaders FC Dallas but have two games in hand over the Texan side.

A win in Houston on Saturday would move the Rapids to within two points of FCD, setting up what should be a thrilling end to the regular season.

After struggling for the past couple of seasons, 2016 has been a fantastic year for Colorado. They have the best defence in the league and have only suffered five defeats all season.

Embed from Getty Images

They come into Saturday’s game unbeaten in four and are expected to prove too strong for the Dynamo in what could be a low-scoring affair.

These two sides will meet again on the final day of the regular season at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, in a game that could see the Rapids crowned Supporters’ Shield winners.

Team News

Houston Dynamo have two players sidelined, with Tyler Deric and Agus both out. Midfielder Alex is one booking away from suspension and will need to watch his step as a result.

Colorado Rapids could be without five first-team players. Dillon Serna, Jermaine Jones and Bobby Burling are all definitely out, while Kevin Doyle and Sean St Ledger are doubts. Sam Cronin, Marc Burch and Dominique Badji are all one booking away from suspension.

Key Points

Houston Dynamo’s last five: L/D/W/W/L

Colorado Rapids’ last five: L/W/D/D/W

Key Stat: Houston Dynamo have lost just one of their ten all-time regular season home clashes against the Rapids, with that lone loss coming in the 2011 campaign.

Key Player: Tim Howard – The signing of Tim Howard turned the Rapids into a real force. Their defensive solidarity is proven by the fact they have kept 13 clean sheets this season – the most in MLS, and Howard is a key reason for that. He has three clean sheets in his last four and will expect to keep Houston out on Saturday night.

Tim Howard, MLS: New York City FC vs. Colorado Rapids

Score Prediction

Houston Dynamo 0-1 Colorado Rapids – The Rapids have the best defence in the league and should be able to keep a clean sheet against a side that tend to struggle for goals. This might not be the most entertaining of games but a Rapids win would put them in a strong position at the top end of the Western Conference heading into their final three games.

FC Dallas first team to secure MLS Playoff spot with four weeks to go

The 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs are fast approaching. There are just five weeks until the postseason action begins so teams around the league are starting to sweat over where they will finish the regular season.

Supporters’ Shield leaders FC Dallas became the first MLS side to secure a playoff berth this weekend. Their 2-2 draw at New York City wasn’t enough to guarantee it, but Sunday’s 2-2 draw between Sporting KC and LA Galaxy meant that Dallas can no longer finish outside of the top six.

The aim for Oscar Pareja’s side now is to secure a first MLS Supporters’ Shield win. They sit top of the standings with four to play, but have LA Galaxy, Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC chasing in behind.

FC Dallas finished top of the Western Conference last season but finished behind the Red Bulls in the shield standings. They ended a 19-year trophy drought with this month’s US Open Cup win and look to be heading for a first-ever Supporters’ Shield off the back of a fine season.

Their biggest threat at this stage appears to be Colorado, who sit five points behind Dallas but have two games in hand over the league leaders.

Over in the East, Toronto FC’s 3-3 draw with the New York Red Bulls meant that both sides will have to wait another week to seal a playoff berth.

Toronto only need a point to guarantee a top six finish, while the Red Bulls and New York City FC need three more.

The top six in each conference will qualify for the 2016 MLS Cup Playoffs, with the top two in the East and West earning a bye through the Knockout Round.

The playoffs begin on October 26 with the Knockout Round matches taking place before the Conference Semifinals begin.

MLS Preview and Prediction: FC Dallas vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Toyota Stadium – Saturday, September 10 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST) 

Match Odds: Dallas 8/13 – Draw 13/5 – Colorado 9/2

Match Preview

FC Dallas welcome Western Conference rivals Colorado Rapids to Toyota Stadium on Saturday night in a game which could have a huge impact on the race for the Supporters’ Shield.

Dallas lead the way in the overall standings by five points and a win here would put them in a really strong position to push on for silverware.

A loss would be a devastating result, as Colorado have two games in hand on them and trail by just five points, and it would open up the chance for other sides to close the gap.

Dallas come into this one having won 3-1 against Portland, stretching their unbeaten home run to 21 games.

Embed from Getty Images

Although Colorado have two games in hand they have plenty of work to do if they are to make up the ground on Dallas.

A draw in this one would be a solid result. Considering they face a Dallas side who have an incredible record at home, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see The Rapids set out to frustrate their opponents.

Colorado come into this one off the back of their 2-0 away loss to New England. The Rapids have now lost their last two and are winless in four.

Worryingly for Colorado they haven’t won in their last six on the road, losing three and drawing three. It will be a tough task to bring that run to an end here.

Embed from Getty Images

Team News

Zach Loyd remains the only injury concern for FC Dallas as he is out with concussion.

Colorado Rapids have three injury concerns ahead of the game as Dillon Serna is out, while Sean St. Ledger and Jermaine Jones are both doubts.

Key Points

FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/L/W/W

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/D/D/L/L

Key Stat: FC Dallas on a staggering 21 game unbeaten run at home in MLS.

Key Player: Tim Howard – The last line of defence for Colorado has been impressive since he joined the team, if he can perform to his high standards he will give his side a great chance of getting a positive result.

 Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

FC Dallas 2-1 Colorado Rapids – Dallas to come out of this tie with three points. It has the makings of a close one but once again, given their home form and Colorado’s recent winless run on the road, a win for FC Dallas looks likely.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids

Competition: Major League Soccer – Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids

Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium – Friday, August 26 – 20:00 ET (01:00 BST)

Match Odds: RSL 5/6 – Draw 11/5 – Colorado 10/3

Match Preview

Real Salt Lake host the Colorado Rapids in the latest Rocky Mountain Cup battle on Friday night, with both sides chasing Western Conference leaders FC Dallas as the regular season edges closer to completion.

RSL have been very inconsistent for a number of months, but they are unbeaten at home this term and that is keeping them at the right end of the standings as things stand.

Real Salt Lake have won just three of their last 11 MLS outings but are just five points off Supporters’ Shield leaders Dallas with eight games to play.

Seattle Sounders vs Real Salt Lake - Joao Plata Celebrates

A win over their rivals on Friday would see them move ahead of the Rapids and into second place in the West, so this is a massive clash for both sides.

Colorado have surprised everyone with their performances this season. They have looked solid throughout, conceding the fewest goals of every side and losing just three times all campaign.

They should make the playoffs without too much difficulty, but need to ensure they start winning games more regularly if they are to be a force through the postseason.

Kevin Doyle, MLS: New York City FC vs. Colorado Rapids

A run of just one win in their last five has left the Rapids still chasing top spot Dallas, although they do have two games in hand and only need to make up two points on the leaders. A victory here would be a major boost with the playoffs fast approaching.

This will be the 37th MLS regular season meeting between these Western Conference rivals. Real Salt Lake hold a narrow advantage based on previous meetings, winning 14 and losing 12 against the Rapids, with 10 matches ending in a draw.

Team News

Jeff Cassar has four injury worries ahead of Friday’s game. Emery Welshman, Sunday Stephen and Aaron Maund are all out, while Jordan Allen is a doubt and is unlikely to feature. Right-back Tony Beltran is suspended as a result of yellow card accumulation and won’t be available.

Colorado’s Dillon Serna remains out for the season, while Sebastien Le Toux, Sean St. Ledger and Jermaine Jones are all doubtful and are therefore unlikely to return to the team on Friday.

Key Points

Real Salt Lake’s last five: W/L/W/L/W

Colorado Rapids’ last five: D/L/W/D/D

Key Stat: Colorado have not won away at Real Salt Lake since 2007, losing nine of the 13 games at Rio Tinto since.

Key Player: Nick Rimando – The RSL goalkeeper keeps coming up big for his side and kept a clean sheet in last weekend’s crucial battle against FC Dallas. Another clean sheet here would put RSL in a really strong position and he will be looking to shutout the Rapids for the second time this season on Friday.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Real Salt Lake 1-1 Colorado Rapids – This is set to be a close-fought battle between two sides that will be desperate to avoid defeat in such an important contest. RSL should keep their unbeaten home record intact but the Rapids are a tough outfit to break down. Score draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas

Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas

Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, July 24 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado 13/10 – Draw 9/4 – FC Dallas 21/10

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids host FC Dallas on Saturday night in a huge clash that will see the top two teams in the Western Conference go head-to-head at Dicks Sporting Goods Park.

Colorado, who are currently sitting in second, will claim top spot with a win over the current league leaders. But avoiding defeat will be the priority for the Rapids as anything but a loss will leave them in a great position going forward.

Embed from Getty Images

Colorado are unbeaten in their last 14 matches in MLS – a run which no one would have predicted at the start of the campaign. The dramatic turnaround at the Rapids has been refreshing to see and they are in a great position to push on for the rest of the season. Another strong performance here would only solidify their title claims.

FC Dallas still hold top spot and will need a win on Saturday to suppress the Rapids’ ongoing challenge for the Western Conference title.

Dallas have won four of their last five in MLS so they come into this one in good form. They will be wanting three points from this one to be sure of their stance, but know that an away trip to Dicks Sporting Goods Park will be no easy contest.

Embed from Getty Images

These sides have already met in the US Open Cup this season, with Dallas sealing a 2-1 home win a month ago. This will be the first of two regular season battles between the pair.

The last two MLS meetings between these sides have ended 1-1, with both clashes taking place in Colorado. Another close battle is expected here.

Team News

Colorado Rapids will be without Dillon Serna who is out injured. Jermaine Jones is a doubt with an undisclosed injury.

Zach Loyd is out with a concussion and will not feature for Dallas. Ryan Hollingshead is also suffering with concussion symptoms but is expected to be available come kickoff.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: W/D/D/D/W

FC Dallas’ last five: W/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: Colorado Rapids are unbeaten in their last 14 matches in MLS.

Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian winger is essential to this FC Dallas team and has firmly established himself as one the most dangerous attacking players in the league. Expect him to make a difference on Saturday night in a close game.

Embed from Getty Images

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-1 FC Dallas – Colorado’s unbelievable turnaround has made them the hardest side to beat in MLS this year. Having said that, Dallas have four wins in their last five and will be wanting to hold onto top spot for as long as possible. We’re expecting a tight game, which will probably end in another 1-1 draw between the pair.