Scottish striker Kris Boyd has made an immediate impact with Portland. The designated player is also the all-time leading scorer in the Scottish Premier League with Rangers.
Colorado (6-8-1) will be looking to end a two game losing streak. Portland (4-6-4) regained some bragging rights as the Oregon side defeated bitter rivals Seattle Sounders FC 2-1 on the weekend at Jeld-Wen Field. Colorado was unfortunate not to get any points against San Jose after leading for most of the game. However, the Rapids lost 2-1 courtesy of two late goals (one being a stoppage-time penalty kick) to stun the home crowd.
The Rapids are hoping to have Conor Casey and Omar Cummings together in attack. Both forwards have had injury issues this season and have not played together for large portions of 2011 and 2012. Portland designated player Kris Boyd will be the man to stop after the former Rangers marksman has scored 5 goals in 14 league matches for the Timbers in 2012.
Both clubs have endured difficult starts this season as the Rapids are currently sixth in the Western table, while Portland is in eighth place, just two points from the bottom. Colorado head coach Oscar Pareja has stressed patience, while there were rumors that had the Timbers not won against Seattle on the weekend, head coach John Spencer would have been sacked. However, Spencer still has his job and will be looking to win against the club that he played for during 2001-2004.