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Real Salt Lake vs Colorado Rapids - Game Preview

On Friday, August 26th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Sandy, Utah to face rivals Real Salt Lake. It will be the third and final meeting in the regular season between the two teams. Kickoff is set for 6:00pm MT and the match will be broadcast on UniMas

Javier Morales has played with Real Salt Lake since 2007
Javier Morales has played with Real Salt Lake since 2007
Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids will look to get their first ever win at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday evening in a nationally televised game on UniMas. This will be the third and final meeting between the two Rocky Mountain rivals and should the Rapids win or draw, they will retain the Rocky Mountain Cup for a second consecutive season.

Colorado (11-3-10, 43 points) are currently in 2nd Place in the Western Conference. The Rapids are coming off a 0-0 home draw against Orlando City on the weekend. Pablo Mastroeni's men were not clinical in front of goal and were unfortunate not to finish the match with three points. The Commerce City side do have two games in hand on FC Dallas and only trail the Texan team by two points for the lead in the West.

RSL (11-8-7, 40 points) are coming off a 1-0 home win against FC Dallas this past weekend. Jamison Olave scored the lone goal of the game in the second half as Real Salt Lake jumped into third place in the Western Conference. Nick Rimando made two saves and kept the clean sheet.

Rio Tinto Stadium has been one of the worst venues for the Rapids to play at in recent years. The team has only managed 5 goals in 11 matches and have only managed to draw on a couple of occasions. A win at the RioT would not only be a big boost to the Rapids supporters but would also separate the two teams for the time being in the Western table.