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.

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.

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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.

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.

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MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas

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

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Friday, June 19 – 21:00 ET (02:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado 21/20 – Draw 12/5 – Dallas 5/2

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids face FC Dallas in the third and final regular season meeting between the Western Conference rivals on Friday night to kickstart Week 16’s action.

Teams across MLS will be boosted by the return of several stars from the recent international break, though midweek US Open Cup commitments will test the 17 US-based sides, including Colorado and Dallas.

Both sides come into this game in terrible form in the league and it speaks volumes that Colorado boasts the better form even without a win in their last three.

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The Rapids have only won once in their last eight in MLS, though Tuesday’s 4-1 win against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the Open Cup will have relieved some nerves ahead of this one.

Dallas also won 4-1 on Tuesday night, beating Oklahoma City Energy FC in the same competition, but that game saw them score more goals in 90 minutes than they have in their last six MLS matches combined.

The Texan side have not found the net in their last three league games and are without a win in five now, though the have played four consecutive road games in a tricky spell, with Friday’s match the last of a five-game away streak.

They travel to Colorado having not beaten the Rapids in two previous attempts this term, losing 4-0 at home in a shocking defeat before playing out a 1-1 draw at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park two weeks later.

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Both Colorado and Dallas need to find points quickly. The Rapids are still bottom of the Western Conference and eight points off FCD, who occupy the final playoff berth as we approach the midpoint of the season.

Team News

Rapids head coach Paulo Mastroeni could still be without Vincente Sanchez, while Axel Sjoberg will definitely sit this one out. Dillon Serna netted twice midweek and will hope to build on that display here. Kevin Doyle has yet to score for Colorado since completing his move last month and will hope to get off the mark in front of the home crowd in this one.

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FC Dallas boss Oscar Pareja will be boosted by the returns of Atiba Harris, Moises Hernandez, Tesho Akindele and Kellyn Acosta from international duty. Dallas have no suspensions or injuries to worry about and look in good shape as far as the squad is concerned here.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five in MLS: D/W/L/L/D

FC Dallas’ last five in MLS: D/L/L/D/L

Key Stat: There have been 21 yellow cards and two reds in the last six meetings between these two, with a red card brandished in the last two matches at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Key Player: Mauro Diaz – The Dallas playmaker has the quality to unlock the tight Rapids defence and scored in the last meeting between the two in Colorado. Expect him to be lively.

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Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-1 FC Dallas – Nothing to split the two sides heading into this one. With neither side in good form and both struggling for goals in MLS, this could be another low-scoring draw.

MLS Preview and Prediction: Colorado Rapids vs FC Dallas

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

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Friday, April 24th – 22:00 ET (03:00 BST)

Match Odds: Colorado Rapids 7/5 – Draw 12/5 – FC Dallas 9/5

Match Preview

Colorado Rapids entertain FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is the reverse fixture of their staggering 4-0 away win just two weeks ago.

That win in Dallas was the Rapids’ first and only win of the season so far and was a scoreline nobody saw coming. They were brought back down to earth last weekend though with a 3-1 home loss to Seattle Sounders.

Dallas ended their two-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over Toronto last weekend and head coach Oscar Pareja will not be expecting a repeat of that performance from two weeks ago in this one.

The Rapids sit at the foot of the Western Conference on six points, while Dallas are flying high in second, but the visitors will want to force their way to the top of the table as soon as possible and will be looking for all three points in Colorado this week.

Blas Perez is joint-second highest goalscorer in the league so he will be expecting to find the net but it will be a tough task against a fairly tight defensive unit.

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Pablo Mastroeni will know his side will be hard pushed to repeat their heroics from Toyota Stadium but will know his team have the upper-hand mentally and he desperately needs to get his side going to avoid falling further adrift at the bottom of the table.

Team News

Colorado Rapids have three injury concerns as Sam Cronin, Marc Burch and Dominique Badji could all be set to miss this one. Gabriel Torres played a key role in the 4-0 win, scoring once and assisting Dillon Serna, so Mastroeni will be hoping he can reproduce that display.

FC Dallas also have three concerns as Coy Craft, Stephen Keel and Dan Kennedy are all struggling with injuries. Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo have seven goals combined this season and their partnership could prove to be vital if they are to go all the way this season.

Key Points

Colorado Rapids’ last five: D/D/L/W/D

FC Dallas’ last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Colorado Rapids’ only win of the season was against FC Dallas two weeks ago.

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Key Player: Fabian Castillo – The Colombian speedster has been impressive so far this campaign and can unnerve the calmest of defenders with his trickery and pace.

Score Prediction

Colorado Rapids 1-2 FC Dallas – Dallas will be hard pushed for a win here, but we can expect them to find a result and avoid another shocking day at the office.