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Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks celebrates with teammate Eric Hassli after a goal. Hassli is one of the many attacking options Vancouver currently have at their disposal, Sebastien Le Toux among the others.
Whitecaps forward Darren Mattocks celebrates with teammate Eric Hassli after a goal. Hassli is one of the many attacking options Vancouver currently have at their disposal, Sebastien Le Toux among the others.

On Saturday, June 16th, the Colorado Rapids will play the Vancouver Whitecaps at the BC Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Major League Soccer has had a mini break due to recent regional World Cup Qualifiers.

Vancouver (6-3-4) have impressed during the first part of the 2012 campaign. The British Columbia based club has started well in a competitive Western Conference after finishing bottom of the table in 2011, their debut season. Colorado (6-6-1) currently find themselves right behind the Whitecaps in the Western table by three points.

The Rapids could have a boost with Conor Casey and Brian Mullen expected to play in Vancouver after both players traveled with the squad. Unfortunately, Omar Cummings did not travel and is still recovering from a sprained ankle; he reportedly is skipping the match partially because he doesn't want to risk re-injuring himself on the Vancouver turf.

Meanwhile, Vancouver has lost the services of Omar Salgado after the youngster broke his foot while on international duty with the United States U-20 national team. They won't cry for too long about that though, as they have plenty of other attacking options to work with in their 4-3-3 attack. Eric Hassli, Sebastien Le Toux and Darren Mattocks among others form a formidable strike force.

In 2011, the Rapids swept the Whitecaps in both fixtures. Vancouver is unbeaten in their previous three matches while Colorado will be looking for a second straight win over a Canadian club, after defeating Montreal Impact 3-2 on May 26th at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.