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Colorado Rapids vs. Chivas USA - Game Preview

CARSON, CA - MARCH 26:   Blair Gavin #18 of Chivas USA fights for the ball with Jamie Smith #20 of the Colorado Rapids at The Home Depot Center on March 26, 2011 in Carson, California.  The Rapids won 1-0.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - MARCH 26: Blair Gavin #18 of Chivas USA fights for the ball with Jamie Smith #20 of the Colorado Rapids at The Home Depot Center on March 26, 2011 in Carson, California. The Rapids won 1-0. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Omar Cummings and Sanna Nyassi both received some time off in the Metapan game - Nyassi a half and Cummings the entire shebang - in what seems to be an obvious set-up for another edition of the speed line up top today against Chivas USA. With a fairly slow and not incredibly adept defense, the Goats will most likely find the new forward line a bit of a handful.

Chivas come into Colorado looking to continue a fairly uplifting season under new coach Robin Frasier. After being a disappointment and fairly anonymous team all of last season, ending it with 28 points last in the Western conference, they've already eclipsed that number of points this season and are just outside the playoff picture. Guys like Nick Labrocca - you may remember him as the guy that the Rapids traded to Toronto FC for Marvell Wynne a while back - and Dan Kennedy have given Chivas perhaps a little more momentum than their team's talent deserves, but it's the points that matter in the end and the Goats have been earning them.

Colorado may be facing Juan Pablo Angel in his first ever game with Chivas after a weird saga wound up with the Galaxy replacing him with Robbie Keane earlier in the week and him going right over to the Goats. He's been pretty bad this season but still might have some of that old magic left especially on a team where he'll immediately be the most talented pure goalscorer, so keep an eye on him.

Speaking of eyes, all eyes will surely be on Drew Moor for this match, as a full 90 minutes as per usual will give him the MLS record for most consecutive regular season games played fully in a row - not including goalkeepers of course - with 67, beating former Rapids player Peter Vermes. This game will also feature the Rapids wearing a color selection we haven't seen in a while, with all white kits combining their away top and home shorts.

With the Rapids looking as unbeatable as they have been recently, at home against a team that they have been very, very good against in recent years, this should be a game that the Rapids take. Against an underrated and feisty Chivas team though, this is the classic example of a 'trap game'.

UZ'S PREDICTION: 2-0 Rapids