The Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC are both teams that probably feel they should have records better than what the standings currently indicate. Colorado has been absolutely decimated by injuries and defensive mistakes at unfortunate times, while Toronto FC have looked fine in several games only to lose on a late game-winner.
Both teams, as you would imagine, are desperate for a win to jump-start the season on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Colorado and Toronto both have mysteries in their starting lineups, with injuries hitting both sides and a few players not yet confirmed for return, especially on the Colorado side. Will Deshorn Brown start? Edson Buddle? Pablo Mastroeni? Martin Rivero? The starting lineup is sure to be an interesting one for both sides, especially with Toronto FC's new young DP, Matias Laba, ready for selection.
By all means, Colorado should be winning this match. It's against a Toronto side that has folded like a deck of cards several times in their last few games and is coming off a devastating 6-0 loss to the rival Montreal Impact. Colorado should have confidence after a 2-1-1 month of April, including a fantastic point against Houston at BBVA and two tough wins against Chivas and Real Salt Lake.
Then again, Colorado has not exactly shown their competence, and the awful finishing that has followed the team all season could mean that even when if the Rapids can tear apart Toronto's lackluster defense, they may still find themselves off the scoreboard. If that happens, Toronto have enough offensive talent to make them pay.
The game will kick off at 7 p.m. MT at DSGP.