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Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake - Game preview

On Saturday, August 2nd, the Colorado Rapids will play host to Real Salt Lake at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm and the match will be broadcast on Altitude.

Kyle Beckerman played for the United States in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
Kyle Beckerman played for the United States in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil
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The Colorado Rapids will want to put the loss to New England on Wednesday night behind them quickly, as bitter rivals Real Salt Lake will do battle against the Rapids for the second time this season. RSL won the first edition of the Rocky Mountain Cup in May at Rio Tinto Stadium, winning by a scoreline of 2-1.

Colorado (8-7-6) are coming off a disappointing result in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Wednesday. The Rapids lost 3-0 to a Revolution side that were on an 8-game losing streak. A Drew Moor own goal (from a Lee Nguyen strike) occurred early on, while Thomas Piermayr was sent off following a second bookable offense in the second half. After the red card, New England scored two quick goals to complete the rout.

Real Salt Lake (8-4-9) have welcomed back United States Internationals Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando after both were members of the United States national team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The Claret and Cobalt are coming off a 1-1 midweek draw against the New York Red Bulls in Sandy, Utah. Joao Plata found the scoresheet early on, but RSL were unable to claim all three points and settled for a 1-1 draw.

The Rocky Mountain Cup is also on the line as RSL can claim bragging rights over their regional neighbors with either a draw or a win over Colorado. A win from Colorado would see the Rapids not only leapfrog Real Salt Lake in the Western Standings due to goal difference, but also delay the winner of the Rocky Mountain Cup until the final meeting between the two sides in Utah on September 19th.