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Colorado Rapids MatchDay: The Burgundy Starting XI

Just an hour from kick-off!

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The Colorado Rapids return to Major League Soccer play tonight as they take on defending MLS Cup Champion Portland Timbers in front of an (expected) capacity crowd.  The match is part of the Rapids 4th Fest as there are a number of activities taking place before and after the match.

The Rapids are coming off a 0-0 draw in MLS play against LA Galaxy on the road on June 22.  The Rapids had a number of chances to score in that match, but were thwarted in every attempt by stellar goalkeeping and a lack of quality finishing.

Portland picked up a crucial 3-2 win on June 26 against Houston Dynamo but needed two late second half penalty kicks to grab all three points and knock off the Dynamo.

Will the Rapids be able to defeat the defending champions or will Portland grab their first road win of the year?   We will find out in just over an hour

Here is your Burgundy Starting XI:

Tim Howard, Mekeil Williams, Axel Sjoberg, Jared Watts, Eric Miller, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi, Jermaine Jones, Marlon Hairston, Kevin Doyle