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DC United vs Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

Maicon Santos has scored 6 goals so far in the 2012 campaign for DC United
Maicon Santos has scored 6 goals so far in the 2012 campaign for DC United

On Wednesday, April 16th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to the nation's capital to play DC United at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The Rapids should be well-rested as they are coming off a 10-day layoff from league play. DC United were defeated 1-0 at the expense of Houston Dynamo on Saturday at BBVA Compass Stadium, the league's newest crown jewell of soccer specific stadiums.

Colorado will be without the services of central defender Marvell Wynne and striker Omar Cummings, while new signing Harrison Henao is expected to make his debut. The Colombian recently received his ITC and P-1 work visa, thus making him eligible to feature in Washington DC. Brazilian signing Edu will also be available for selection, while both he and Henao will have good chances to put their marks on the game against a highly injured DC defense.

DC United are currently in third place within the Eastern Conference and have won 3 of their past 5 games. Colorado are in fifth place in the West after Vancouver moved into 4th place after their win on the weekend. The Rapids will have to find ways to contain Maicon Santos and last year's MVP Dwayne De Rosario if they are to take points from the most successful club in MLS history.

Colorado is undefeated against DC since 2009 and the Rapids most recent match at RFK Stadium ended a 1-1 draw last season thanks to a Drew Moor goal and a somewhat questionable penalty given up by Kosuke Kimura.