The Colorado Rapids will travel to Harrison, New Jersey to face the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, March 25th, at Red Bull Arena. The match will be the Red Bulls home opener and will also be broadcast on national television via ESPN at 2:00 MST.
Colorado (2-0-0) are coming off an impressive 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Union at PPL Park as Jaime Castrillon and Tony Cascio scored their first league goals of the season. The Red Bulls (0-2-0) have struggled in their first two games, albeit away from home, and were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat against Real Salt Lake at the weekend.
Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja will have a central midfield selection headache as Jeff Larentowicz is suspended for a red card against Philadelphia and Pablo Mastroeni will miss the match due to a head contusion. Martin Rivero will also not feature as parent club Rosario Central has not yet released his ITC paperwork to MLS, thus making him ineligible to participate in competetive matches. According to reports, FIFA has intervened with the Argentine FA to inquire on Rivero's ITC status.
The New York Red Bulls will receive a boost as standout defender/defensive midfielder Rafa Marquez will be returning from a suspension dating back to last season as the Mexican international was punished for throwing the official match soccer ball at LA Galaxy forward Landon Donovan at the end of a playoff match. Wilham Conde could also feature for the Red Bulls as well after suffering a thigh injury during preseason.