Colorado Rapids vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - Game Preview

Jeff Vinnick

On Saturday, August 17th, the Colorado Rapids will welcome the Vancouver Whitecaps to Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 MST and will be broadcast on Altitude.

The Colorado Rapids are currently on an 8-game unbeaten streak. The Western Conference is extremely close and the race for not only the Supporter's Shield, but the five playoff spots is up for grabs. The Rapids and the Vancouver Whitecaps are both tied for 2nd place and this match-up could be crucial in Colorado's bid for the MLS postseason.

Colorado (9-7-9) will be disappointed in not securing 3 points in one of the most dominating 1-1 draws in recent memory. Deshorn Brown had a game to forget after missing a penalty and putting a sitter wide from nearly 5 yards in front of the goal during the second half against the Goats. Martin Rivero tallied late in the second half and Vicente Sanchez had some moments of brilliance but the Rocky Mountain club somehow managed to share the spoils with Chivas USA.

Vancouver (10-7-6) have won once in their past 4 matches. The British Columbia club most recently defeated San Jose 2-0 with Scottish striker Kenny Miller and Camilo Sanvezzo both finding the scoresheet. Kenny Miller also started for the Scotland national team on Wednesday and scored against England. The Scots fell 3-2 to England at Wembley Stadium in London in an international friendly.

The Rapids should receive a boost as the club's first Designated Player, Gabriel Torres, is expected to make his debut. The Panamanian striker scored 5 goals in the CONCACAF Gold Cup for Los Canaleros and also scored the game-winning goal in the Rapids reserve game on Monday. Colorado was the last team in MLS to sign a Designated Player.

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