Fresh off several eyebrow-raising player moves, the Colorado Rapids will commence the 2016 MLS regular season with an away fixture in San Jose. The Avaya Stadium will be the venue as the Rapids and the San Jose Earthquakes will do battle in Northern California.
Colorado (0-0-0) have made several signings this offseason. They have brought in the likes of Marco Pappa and Shkelzen Gashi from Seattle Sounders and FC Basel respectively, while United States national team regulars Tim Howard and Jermaine Jones are also expected to join the Commerce City-based club. Tim Howard will most likely join the Rapids in July, while Jermaine Jones will be serving a 6-match ban for his actions against referee Mark Geiger in last season's playoffs while playing for New England Revolution.
San Jose (0-0-0) has a long history against the Colorado Rapids, as both clubs were original franchises in 1996. The Earthquakes have come a long way since then and the club opened a brand new soccer-specific stadium last year in San Jose. The Quakes have previously played at Spartan Stadium, Buck Shaw Stadium, and even Stanford Stadium. San Jose has brought in new Designated Player Shawn Simon and Alberto Quintero. Dominic Kinnear's side will be aiming to make the playoffs after being on the outside looking in last year by a mere four points.
Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni has somewhat of a revamped squad and the third-year coach will be under pressure to get results early in the season. The past two seasons have been deemed unacceptable by the fans and the former club legend will be looking for his team to improve vastly in the goals scored column if they are to achieve their primary goal of qualifying for the MLS Cup playoffs.