The Colorado Rapids will play Orlando City for the first time in Major League Soccer on Wednesday evening. This starts a rough summer stretch that will see the Rapids play four games in eleven days, including a fixture against Vancouver Whitecaps on Independence Day. The Rapids are currently on a four game winless streak in league play, but the club did defeat the Colorado Springs Switchbacks in the US Open Cup eight days ago.
Colorado (2-4-9, 15 points) are still bottom of the Western Conference and are in desperate need of a win to not only boost morale, but to try and get back on track towards the goal of qualifying for the MLS Playoffs. The Rapids fought to a 1-1 home draw against FC Dallas on the weekend. Dillon Serna was able to salvage some pride as the Brighton native scored a late equalizer that cancelled out Fabian Castillo's strike midway through the 2nd half.
Orlando City (5-6-5, 20 points) are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference. The Lions have steadied the ship after a rough start in their maiden MLS campaign. Orlando City lost 2-0 to Montreal Impact on the weekend as Donny Toia and Dominic Oduro both found the scoresheet as the Central Florida club lost in the Canadian province of Quebec.
The Rapids have a tough task to contain not only Kaká, but also rookie forward Cyle Larin, who has scored 5 goals this season. Colorado head coach Pablo Mastroeni will be desperate for the club to get their third victory of the season, especially as a road fixture in Kansas City awaits the Rapids on Saturday evening.