The Colorado Rapids will look to extend their unbeaten run on Saturday evening as they will do battle with the Columbus Crew at MAPFRE Stadium in the Ohio capital. The Rapids have extended their lead at the top of the league table after a pair of home wins over Real Salt Lake and Sporting Kansas City over the course of the past week. Columbus recently made the headlines as forward Kei Kamara was traded to New England just before the trade deadline ended.
Colorado (7-2-2, 23 points) are top of the league after a 1-0 win over Sporting Kansas City at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday night. Dillon Serna scored the lone goal in the 2nd half to the delight of the home crowd. Zac MacMath had yet another clean sheet at home and the win made it six wins out of six games played at home for Colorado.
Columbus (2-4-3, 9 points) currently find themselves near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings after a disappointing 4-4 draw on the weekend. Kei Kamara and Federico Higuain both had 2 goals on the scoresheet, but the Crew blew a big lead to settle for a draw. After the game, Kamara blasted teammate Higuain and labeled him as "selfish" after the Argentine denied him the opportunity to take a penalty kick. Columbus then traded Kamara to New England after the team suspended him for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.
The Colorado Rapids are in a very unfamiliar position in the table, and credit has to go to not only the big-name players, but the supporting cast as well. Bobby Burling and Axel Sjoberg have proven a solid center back pairing, while players like Sam Cronin and Michael Azira have quietly been fantastic in central midfield. A win on the road will have the fans licking their chops as the Rapids will be top of the table for another week.