The Colorado Rapids will be looking to pick up some points on the road at Crew Stadium as the Rocky Mountain club will play their next two games away from home. The Rapids have received a boost as multiple players that have been injured over the past few weeks have returned to fitness. Oscar Pareja has warned that players such as Martin Rivero and Kevin Harbottle will need to win their positions back.
Colorado (3-4-3) are coming off a 1-0 win at home against Toronto FC on the weekend. The match appeared to be destined for a 0-0 draw and a measly point against what many would call the bottom-feeders of the Eastern Conference. However, Edson Buddle capitalized on a late blunder by TFC's defense and blasted home the winner from short range to open his account for the Rapids.
Columbus (3-3-3) recently lost 1-0 at home to the New York Red Bulls. New York goalkeeper Luis Robles saved a penalty kick and Tim Cahill found his name on the scoresheet in the 80th minute. That win, coupled with a 2-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday has put the Red Bulls at the top of the Eastern Conference, while Columbus currently find themselves in 5th place.
While Colorado has been successful over the Crew with an all-time record of 17-11-8, the Rapids have not won at Crew Stadium since 2004. With a win, the Rapids can continue their ascent in the Western Conference. Colorado are currently in 6th place, but are only two points back from San Jose and LA Galaxy.