The Colorado Rapids are currently on a 7-game unbeaten streak. The team was undefeated during the month of July and also tied Real Salt Lake on the weekend to re-claim the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time since 2006. Since the Rapids have not lost since late June, they now find themselves in an unlikely race for the MLS Supporter's Shield.
Colorado (9-7-8) are still in 2nd place in a very close Western Conference. The Rocky Mountain club will be facing Chivas USA for the third time in 2013, having won both previous matches by score lines of 1-0, and 2-0 respectively. The Rapids fought back twice against Real Salt Lake at a rain-soaked Dick's Sporting Goods Park on the weekend. Deshorn Brown and Jaime Castrillon found the score sheet in the 2-2 draw against their arch-rivals.
Chivas USA (4-13-5) lost to San Jose 2-0 on the weekend. To complicate matters for the slumping Goats, United States international Carlos Bocanegra will serve a suspension for receiving a straight red card against the Earthquakes. The Goats have had a disastrous campaign and a result against the high-flying Rapids seems incredibly unlikely.
New Rapids signing Vicente Sanchez is expected to make his debut after making the move from Uruguay's Nacional. The former Toluca and FC Schalke striker will bring leadership to a club that has many young players within the starting XI. Also, Colorado signed their first ever Designated Player as Panama forward Gabriel Torres agreed to personal terms with the club on Thursday evening.