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Colorado Rapids MatchDay First Look: Philadelphia Union

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It's first vs first this Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The first place Colorado Rapids meet the first place Philadelphia Union on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in a match-up of two of the most surprising teams in Major League Soccer.  Both teams will be looking to keep their respective runs going in what figures to be an exciting game.

The Records

The Rapids are first in the Western Conference and the Supporters Shield standings at 8-2-3 (27 points, 2.08 PPG) while the Union are 5-3-4 (19 points, 1.58 PPG) and are first in the Eastern Conference and sit sixth in the Supporters Shield Standings.

Recent Results

7 March 2015:  0-0 draw at Philadelphia Union

12 July 2014:  3-3 draw at Philadelphia Union

10 March 2013:  1-2 loss at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

18 March 2012:  2-1 win at Philadelphia Union

4 June 2011:  1-1 draw at Dick's Sporting Goods Park

The Basic Statistics

Games Played Points Win Loss Tie Goals For Goals Against Shots Shots on Target
Colorado Rapids 13 27 8 2 3 16 9 175 70
Philadelphia Union 12 19 5 3 4 17 13 145 50

Super Early Initial Thoughts

This is the final game for the Rapids before the Copa America Centenario break (the next match is June 18 at home against Chicago Fire) so they will be looking to go into that break as the in form team.

The Union are sitting atop the East after a solid road draw at Orlando City on Wednesday night and will be looking to stretch their lead in the East with a massive road result against the number one team in MLS.

Based on the statistics, this should be a pretty even match.  The Rapids are a bit stronger with getting the ball on target but have scored less goals than the Union.  A big talking point with this match will be the players that are missing for the Rapids.  Kevin Doyle, Shkelzen Gashi and Jermaine Jones are all out of this one for the Rapids which will force the Rapids into their first major lineup change since the arrival of Jones.  Who will replace those players?

We will find out on Saturday at 7:00 PM