The Colorado Rapids will look to make it four wins in a row as the Rocky Mountain side travels to the Canadian Province of British Columbia on Wednesday evening. Colorado has found success against Vancouver this season, winning both home fixtures in league play. However, with a win, the Rapids could keep their (very) slim playoff hopes alive.
Colorado (8-9-9, 33 points) did not play this past weekend, but did defeat Sporting Kansas City 2-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on August 29th. Kevin Doyle scored his second match winner of the week and the Rapids won three games in a row for the 2nd time this season. It is unclear whether or not the Irish International will take any part in the match against Vancouver, having to deal with long travel times from Europe to Western Canada after being called up to the Republic of Ireland during the international break.
Vancouver (14-10-3, 45 points) also did not play on the weekend, but lost to Houston Dynamo on August 29th at BBVA Compass Stadium. The Whitecaps fell victim to goals by Ricardo Clark and Raul Rodriguez and were also reduced to 9 men after Kendall Watson and Matias Laba were both given 2nd yellow cards. Vancouver manager Carl Robinson did make 6 changes in this game after winning the Amway Canadian Championship during the week.
The Rapids will also be without some other key players as Dillon Serna is representing the United States U-23's and Maynor Figueroa is with the Honduran national team. The Vancouver Whitecaps are enjoying a stellar season as they are in the race for the Supporter's Shield trophy. With a win, the Rapids would find themselves a mere 4 points back from 6th place in the Western Conference.