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Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps - Game Preview

On Saturday, July 4th, the Colorado Rapids will play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps for the 2nd time this season. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm Mountain Time and the match will be broadcast on Altitude.

Kekuta Manneh has impressed for Vancouver in 2015
Kekuta Manneh has impressed for Vancouver in 2015
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The Colorado Rapids will look to get another victory over Vancouver at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Independence Day. May 23rd seems like a long time ago when the Rapids last won in league play and it came over the Vancouver Whitecaps. Fireworks will be on display after the game, but all Rapids fans will be hoping to see fireworks during the game as the team looks to end a very poor run of form.

Colorado (2-6-9, 15 points) were ousted from the US Open Cup on Tuesday after a 1-0 loss to Houston Dynamo at BBVA Compass Stadium. The game was delayed for nearly three hours and the Rapids fell victim to a Mauro Manotas header in the first half. The loss was disappointing given the fact that the Rapids have slim hopes of making the MLS playoffs and a cup run would have given the team some redemption going into the month of July.

Vancouver (10-6-2, 32 points) are currently in 1st place in the Western Conference. The Whitecaps won 2-1 over the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts on the weekend. Cristian Techera and a penalty from Octavio Rivero saw off the Revs despite a late goal by New England forward Teal Bunbury. Vancouver are high in confidence as the British Columbia side have had an impressive 2015 campaign.

Historically, the Rapids have been successful on Independence Day, going 12-3-4 all time as the Rocky Mountain side has been at home for each 4th of July game since MLS started in 1996. A capacity crowd is expected at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and a win at home over Vancouver would be a boost as Real Salt Lake will play the Rapids in Commerce City on June 11.