The Colorado Rapids will travel to the Canadian Province of Ontario to take on Toronto FC at BMO Field with a lunchtime kickoff on Saturday. The venue has been a tough place for the Rapids to play the Men in Red but the Colorado does have fond memories of BMO Field as it was the site where Colorado lifted the 2010 MLS Cup in a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas.
Colorado (8-10-10, 34 points) are coming off a 1-1 home draw against DC United on the weekend. The Rapids opened the scoring in the first half courtesy of Bobby Burling, but Steve Birnbaum secured a share of the spoils at Dick's Sporting Goods Park with a late header. With the draw, the Rapids once again fell to the foot of the Western Conference.
Toronto (11-13-4, 37 points) are currently 5th place in the Eastern Conference and are on pace to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their history. However, the Canadian club suffered a mid-week loss to NYCFC at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. Frank Lampard scored his first MLS goal as TFC endured a frustrating night in the Bronx.
If the Rapids are to take anything from this match in a tough venue, they are going to have to contain Italian international Sebastian Giovinco. The former Juventus forward has scored 17 league goals for Toronto FC this season. Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and Herculez Gomez are other key notables on TFC's payroll. The Rapids also announced this past week that head coach Pablo Mastroeni will remain at the helm next season.