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San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

A late Chris Wondolowski penalty kick at Dick's Sporting Goods Park was enough to claim the spoils in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on June 20th.
A late Chris Wondolowski penalty kick at Dick's Sporting Goods Park was enough to claim the spoils in a 2-1 win over the Colorado Rapids on June 20th.

On Saturday, August 25th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Santa Clara, California to take on the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium. The match will be broadcast on Altitude and kickoff is expected to be at 8:30 MST.

Colorado (8-15-2) are currently second from bottom in the Western Conference. The Rapids dominated large portions of their most recent match against Chivas USA, but the home fans did not go home happy as Colorado conceded a late goal courtesy of Juan Pablo Angel as the game ended 1-1. Victory would have given the club a big boost as San Jose are the top side in the league.

San Jose (14-6-5) are in the lead for the coveted Supporters Shield trophy by just one point. Sporting Kansas City are hot on the tails of San Jose, despite being in the Eastern Conference. The Supporters Shield has been criticized this season due to an unbalanced scheduled among the league's 19 clubs. Regardless, the winner of the leagues top spot gains an advantage in the playoffs by more home matches, and also gains automatic entry into the following season's CONCACAF Champions League.

The Rapids made a major signing this past week with Honduran international Hendry Thomas putting pen to paper with the Rocky Mountain club. At 27 years of age, Thomas brings experience from the English Premier League, after playing three seasons with Wigan Athletic. Hendry Thomas will most likely be Pablo Mastroeni's long-term successor in central midfield. He will be available for selection on Saturday, but is unlikely to feature in the match as he has yet to reach optimum fitness levels.