The Colorado Rapids will look to bounce back from an embarrassing loss against New York City FC as they welcome Vancouver Whitecaps to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Saturday evening. The Rapids need to respond with a victory if they want to keep pace with FC Dallas for the lead in the Western Conference. The good news is that the Rapids still have three games in hand over Dallas.
Colorado (10-3-8, 38 points), are looking to bounce back from a rough 5-1 loss to NYCFC at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Frank Lampard scored a hat trick as the Bronx-based club took advantage of a Michael Azira red card in the first half. David Villa was suspended for the match, along with New York head coach Patrick Viera who was given a 1-match touchline ban.
Vancouver (8-9-6, 30 points) are holding on to 6th place in the Western Conference playoff race. Both teams played out to a 2-2 draw at the BC Place just a few weeks ago. Kevin Doyle and Axel Sjoberg both tallied as the teams had to settle for a dramatic point in British Columbia. Pedro Morales and Kekuta Manneh have combined for 11 goals this season for the Whitecaps.
The Rapids will most likely be without the services of Jermaine Jones as the USA international is still recovering from a right knee injury. Sebastien Le Toux arrived within the past few days in a trade with Philadelphia Union. Luis Solignac was traded to Chicago Fire in exchange for allocation money.