On Sunday, March 18th, the Colorado Rapids will visit PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, to take on the Philadelphia Union. The game will be broadcast nationally on NBC Sports Network. Colorado opened their season with a 2-0 win over visiting Columbus while Philadelphia stuttered on national television as they fell 3-1 at Jeld-Wen Field to the Portland Timbers.
Colorado looked sharp under new head coach Oscar Pareja and are adjusting to a new tactical formation. Newcomers Luis Zapata and Jaime Castrillon made impressive debuts for the Rocky Mountain club while Drew Moor and substitute Quincy Amarikwa tallied on either side of halftime as the Rapids claimed the spoils in their home opener. Philadelphia did not look strong against a revamped Portland Timbers side that exploded offensively in the second half against the Union.
Philadelphia Union started play in MLS in 2010 and the club has never beaten Colorado. The Rapids have beaten Philly twice while also drawing on two occasions in four all-time meetings. The Rapids are expecting Pablo Mastroeni to be available for selection after the Colorado captain suffered a head contusion against Columbus. Philadelphia might be without the services of defender Chris Albright from a groin strain.
Philadelphia should expect another tough test against Colorado despite the match being the Union's home opener. Union goalkeeper Zac MacMath made a high-profile blunder that allowed Portland back into the game on Monday. Freddy Adu is also expected to miss the match due to Olympic qualifying duties with the United States U-23's.
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