The Colorado Rapids will look to get back to winning ways when the club travels to Pennsylvania on Saturday. This will be a key inter-conference matchup as Colorado find themselves in third place in the West on tiebreakers, while the Union are only two points outside of playoff contention in the East.
Colorado (7-5-5) had to settle for a point at home on Friday, July 4th, in a tense 1-1 draw against the Columbus Crew at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Vicente Sanchez' header (which was later ruled an own goal by Columbus) was not enough as Columbus fought back after a costly error by Jarred Watts.
Philadelphia (4-8-6) lost 2-1 to FC Dallas in league play on Independence Day. However, the Pennsylvania club did defeat rivals New England Revolution in the US Open Cup on July 8th by a scoreline of 2-0. Conor Casey and Sebastien Le Toux were both on target as New England bowed out of the tournament at PPL Park.
This will be the first of two road matches for the Rapids before a home fixture against Chivas USA on Friday, July 25th. Colorado needs a result to keep pace in the playoff race in the Western Conference. The Rapids have won in their past two trips to PPL Park with a pair of 2-1 wins in 2011 and 2012.