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Colorado Rapids vs LA Galaxy - Game Preview

On Saturday, August 1st, the Colorado Rapids will welcome LA Galaxy to Dick's Sporting Goods Park for the only time this season. Kickoff is set for 7:00pm MT and the match will be broadcast on Altitude.

Steven Gerrard could be a notable absentee for LA Galaxy on Saturday with an injury
Steven Gerrard could be a notable absentee for LA Galaxy on Saturday with an injury
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The Colorado Rapids will play host to LA Galaxy on Saturday evening just after hosting the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday. The MLS All-Stars defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 in front of a raucous sellout crowd at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The goals were courtesy of Kaka and David Villa. Spurs did get a goal from Harry Kane, but the North London side were frustrated by solid goalkeeping and good play by the MLS All-Stars.

Colorado (5-6-9, 24 points) did not have a scheduled fixture on the weekend, so therefore staff and players took in the All-Star festivities that commenced on Sunday. The Rapids are coming off three straight wins, including a 1-0 victory over Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field on July 18th. Rapids defender Drew Moor and Midfielder Sam Cronin played in the All-Star Game, while Clint Irwin was an unused substitute. Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill both started in the Chipotle Homegrown Game on Tuesday.

LA Galaxy (9-7-7, 34 points) are coming off a 3-0 loss at Houston Dynamo on the weekend. Houston were all over LA Galaxy and the star-studded LA side didn't have any answers at BBVA Compass Stadium. Omar Gonzales was a notable absentee, while Steven Gerrard and Robbie Keane couldn't find the scoresheet. Los Angeles has also lost their past two away matches in league play.

LA Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena might not have the services of Steven Gerrard or Robbie Keane after both players withdrew from the All-Star Game due to injury. Also, the Galaxy terminated the contract of goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, who hasn't featured for the club since the start of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Reports have stated that Penedo was unhappy with his current contract, and the club was unwilling to offer him improved terms. Regardless, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is now a member of LA Galaxy, and is expected to play against Colorado on Saturday.