The Colorado Rapids are in need of a win on the road if they are to keep on pace for not only the Supporter's Shield trophy, but also a coveted home playoff game. It might only be the start of September, but the season is getting into the final stages before the playoffs begin. There are five matches this weekend which is also a FIFA International Break and several MLS players on representing their respective national teams.
Colorado (11-4-10, 43 points) are coming off a frustrating 2-1 loss at rivals Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on the weekend. The Rapids took the lead just five minutes into the game courtesy of Shkelzen Gashi, but Spartak Moscow loanee Yura Movsisyan scored on either side of halftime to condemn the Rapids to yet another loss in Utah. RSL missed two penalties, with one being a highlight-reel save from Colorado goalkeeper Tim Howard.
New England (6-12-9, 27 points) are coming off a 1-0 loss to New York Red Bulls. Bradley Wright-Phillips scored the lone goal to condemn the Revs to defeat at Red Bull Arena. Kei Kamara will be a notable absentee for New England as he was called into the Sierra Leone national team.
The Rapids will be missing numerous players to not only national team selection (Tim Howard, Shkelzen Gashi, Mekheil Williams and Marco Pappa), but also to injury (Jermaine Jones, Marlon Hairston and Dillon Serna). Also, New England have not scored in their last four league matches. If Colorado are to keep pace toward the top of the Western Conference, they will need to take advantage of the Revs current slump.