The Colorado Rapids will look to finally end an unbeaten run at Dick's Sporting Goods Park against the San Jose Earthquakes. Both clubs have struggled in the second part of the season, with the playoffs most likely an unattainable goal for not only the Rapids, but the Earthquakes as well.
Colorado (8-14-7) have had a nightmare of a summer, as the overall unbeaten run of eight straight games continues. After a 2-2 home draw against Portland, the Rapids were put to the sword by a combination of poor goalkeeping and inept defensive play in Utah as Real Salt Lake prevailed 5-1 at Rio Tinto Stadium. The lone bright moment for Colorado was a fantastic long range goal from Jose Mari.
San Jose (6-12-10) have not won since August 2nd. The Earthquakes most recently lost in the Province of Quebec as they fell 2-0 to the Montreal Impact. San Jose goalkeeper John Busch made 4 saves, but Montreal found two goals in the last ten minutes of the match at the Stade Saputo. Meanwhile, the Earthquakes have a new stadium under construction and the latest soccer specific venue should be completed in early 2015.
Colorado head coach Pablo Mastroeni recently opened up about his experience as head coach and the article can be read here. The former Rapids midfielder stated that he had the opportunity to sign new players during the summer transfer window, but opted against it as at the time, there were no injuries and the team was in a decent position in the table. After a host of injuries, The Rapids find themselves in a long unbeaten run and virtually out of playoff contention.