On Saturday afternoon, the Colorado Rapids will do battle with the Montreal Impact at the Stade Saputo. Currently, le Impact occupy the top spot in the Eastern Conference, but will face a red-hot Colorado side coming off three straight wins. Jermaine Jones has been in top form in his first two games, and Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni has to happy with his forwards, particularly Dominique Badji and Luis Solignac scoring goals as of late.
Colorado (5-2-1, 16 points) are coming off a 3-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on the weekend. Jermaine Jones helped put Seattle to the sword, but Solignac and Kevin Doyle added to condemn the Emerald City side to defeat in the mile high thin air. Jordan Morris did score for Seattle in the first half, but that proved to be a mere consolation goal. Seattle were without the services of Clint Dempsey and Nelson Valdez as both players were injured.
Montreal (4-3-1, 13 points) were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat to rivals Toronto FC at the Stade Saputo. Sebastian Giovinco made not only a statement with this win, but also to Antonio Conte and the Italy national team. The "Atomic Ant" could yet be called into Italy's EURO 2016 squad and performances like this certainly help his cause. Meanwhile, Didier Drogba has fully returned from injury and should feature for Montreal on Saturday.
The Rapids have won in Montreal before with Tony Cascio scoring a memorable game-winning goal in 2013. Cascio scored a bullet from outside the box very late in the game to seal a 4-3 win. Aside from Didier Drogba, Colorado will need to focus on containing Ignacio Piatti, one of the most explosive players in MLS.