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Colorado Rapids MatchDay: First Look--D.C. United

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The Rapids travel to RFK this weekend. Here is our first look

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The Colorado Rapids and D.C. United will only play once in the regular season this season, but regardless of how many times they lace up the boots against one another, this is a big match.  Here are some initial thoughts about this one and what we might expect:

Records: The Rapids are 1-1-0 (3 points) and sit seventh in the Western Conference.  D.C. United is 0-1-1 (1 point) on the year and are in eighth in the Eastern Conference

Formations:

D.C. United has featured a 4-4-2 (diamond) formation in their first two matches with mixed success.  They got their ass kicked in their opener at LA Galaxy, but were more defensively resolute in their second game against New England Revolution (a 0-0 draw).  The Rapids have featured a 4-2-3-1 formation the first two games and have won a 1-0 decision against the Galaxy but dropped their opener 1-0 to San Jose Earthquakes.

Recent Results:

12 September 2015:  1-1 Draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

17 August 2014:  2-4 Loss at RFK Stadium

7 July 2013:  0-0 Draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

16 May 2012:  0-2 Loss at RFK Stadium

2 April 2011:  4-1 Win at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Basic Statistics:

Games Played Win Loss Draw Points Goals For Goals Against Shots Shots on Goal
Colorado Rapids 2 1 1 0 3 1 1 32 13
D.C. United 2 0 1 1 1 1 4 24 9

Super Initial Early Thoughts: If this match were being played in Colorado, I would feel better about this being a win, but since it's on the road, this is a bit more difficult to forecast.   The Rapids only have six wins in their last 35 games away from Dick's Sporting Goods Park, so it would seem that this one should go the way of DCU.  However, this may not be your father's Rapids team and so far they look like they might be contenders for the playoffs.  But if you are a Rapids fan, you want to see results, just not guess work so there is a lot on the line.  If the Rapids get run in this one, people will think "same ole Rapids."  But if a result is there to be had (and I think there is) perhaps the outlook in Commerce City is a bit better.

As this one gets closer, we will have much more on this match.  The Rapids take on DCU on Sunday at 3:00 PM MDT on ESPN2 and it is one of just two matches on national tv this year.

So what do you think Rapids fans?  What are your expectations in this one?  Hit us up in the comment sections and let us know!