The Colorado Rapids will look to win a second consecutive game at home against Canadian side Toronto FC. Both clubs did not play during the international break as the Rapids saw Marco Pappa, Shkelzen Gashi, Michael Azira, and Kevin Doyle called up to their respective national teams. Doyle appeared to be seriously injured, but the Republic of Ireland forward only suffered a deep lower leg gash, although there were fears he initially broke his leg.
Colorado (1-1-1, 4 points) are coming off a 1-1 draw at DC United nearly two weeks ago at RFK Stadium. Dillon Powers found the scoresheet but the Rapids were unable to hold onto the lead as Fabian Espindola scored for the capital side to ensure that both teams earned a share of the spoils. Marco Pappa played in both matches for Guatemala against the United States, appearing as a 2nd half substitute on each occasion.
Toronto FC (1-1-1, 4 points) were on the wrong end of a 1-0 scoreline against Sporting Kansas City on March 20th. United States national team players Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore both featured for the United States against Guatemala during the international break. Both players struggled in Guatemala City but Altidore found the scoresheet in the return fixture in Columbus, Ohio.
The Rapids will be relieved to hear that Doyle's injury wasn't worse than it looked, but the former Wolverhampton player is expected to be sidelined for 4-5 weeks. Winter weather has also been quite erratic, with a harsh blizzard just before the international break and snow flurries this past week. However, temperatures should be in low 60s by the time the match kick's off on Saturday evening.