The Colorado Rapids will make their first trip to Yankee Stadium as the Rocky Mountain side will play New York City FC in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon. NYCFC are owned by City Football group - the same ownership group of Manchester City FC, and Yankee Global Enterprises, who own the New York Yankees. They began play in Major League Soccer in 2015 and will most likely continue to play at Yankee Stadium in the near future.
Colorado (10-2-8, 38 points) are coming off a 1-1 draw at home against MLS table-toppers FC Dallas. Rapids midfielder Marlon Hairston found the scoresheet in the first half, but an absolute rocket of a shot from Victor Ulloa ensured the visitors earned a share of the spoils. Rapids goalkeeper Tim Howard got fingertips to the shot, but was unable to keep it from finding the top corner.
NYCFC (9-7-6, 33 points) are coming off a 4-1 derby loss to New York Red Bulls. The Bronx side lead the Eastern Conference, but somehow have a negative goal difference. David Villa is the club's leading goal-scorer, but the defense has given up loads of goals. Tommy McNamara and Andrea Pirlo both have eight assists on the season. David Villa is suspended and will not be available for selection by NYCFC head coach, Patrick Viera, who is also serving a 1-match touchline ban on Saturday.
Rapids head coach Pablo Mastroeni will most likely be without the services of Jermaine Jones. The United States international is nursing a right knee injury and recently had a MRI done. Colorado trail FC Dallas by just three points for the Western Conference lead, but do have three games in hand on their north Texan rivals. A win could go a long way to not only getting closer to qualifying for the playoffs, but potentially winning the Supporter's Shield trophy.