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Colorado Rapids look to be streak-busters on Saturday

TORONTO - JULY 10: Maksim Usanov #33 of the Toronto FC battles for the ball with Danny Earls #2 of the Colorado Rapids during a MLS game at BMO Field July 10 2010 in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
TORONTO - JULY 10: Maksim Usanov #33 of the Toronto FC battles for the ball with Danny Earls #2 of the Colorado Rapids during a MLS game at BMO Field July 10 2010 in Toronto Ontario Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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Yeah, yeah. We go through this every single year when it comes time to go Toronto. Still, it's a statistic that seems to have enough weight behind it to be significantly relevant and become the focal point of every match in Toronto - the Colorado Rapids still have yet to win a game at BMO Field against Toronto FC. (The stat used to cover the stadium in general until Colorado won the MLS Cup there, obviously.)

With Colorado in need of about four points to get to that playoff berth they've been working towards, Saturday's game against the weakened Toronto FC would seem to be one of the top choices for the Rapids to pull out points in. Unfortunately, that streak looming over their heads might keep them looking for a draw like they had against Toronto last time the two teams met, drawing 0-0 in Commerce City in one of the more boring matches we've seen this season.

Last time Colorado went to Toronto they lost 1-0 in probably the most listless performance of last year other than the 1-0 loss at home to DC United. They have a different offensive identity this season - no more Conor Casey summer struggling this time around, at least - and the Toronto team is overall much worse than the one we saw last season. On paper, the Rapids should have this, and by any stretch of the imagination, the Rapids need this game to go their way to boost their ranking as much as possible with that tough home stretch coming up against FC Dallas and Real Salt Lake, especially with all those games still in hand.

Unfortunately, the streak-busting power of this team may have to more to say than any offensive or defensive metrics we can measure when the teams step out in front of the booming crowd of Reds fans on Saturday.