The Colorado Rapids will return to the friendly confines of Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening with redemption on their minds as the club looks to ascend out of the depths after a club record of seven consecutive league defeats. The Rapids have been without a win since July 25th, when the Rocky Mountain club defeated Chivas USA by a scoreline of 3-0.
Colorado (8-13-6) are currently seven points back from playoff contention in the Western Conference. The Rapids were humiliated by a sobering scoreline of 6-0 as the LA Galaxy ran riot on a Friday night national TV broadcast. Goalkeeper Joe Nasco was sent off within the opening 30 seconds and Colorado could offer no answer for the Galaxy's attack. Nasco's ejection was the fastest red card in MLS history, while the result was the Rapids worst loss in club history.
Portland (8-8-11) currently find themselves in 6th place, trailing Vancouver Whitecaps by only two points. Historically, Portland has struggled at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but will be looking to gain ground in order to try and qualify for the postseason. On Sunday, the Timbers and San Jose Earthquakes earned a share of the spoils in an entertaining 3-3 draw at Providence Park.
Rapids defender Shane O'Neill has recently returned to training within the past week. However, it is unclear if the Ireland native will take part in the Portland fixture. Gaby Torres will not be available for selection as he is currently on international duty with Panama.