The Rapids play game two of a four-match homestand, having won the first game against SKC 1-0 playing very defensively. Colorado will need their defense to come up big again to stop Columbus, as winger Justin Meram and midfielder Federico Higuain have been magnificent up to this point this season. The job will be all that much more difficult because the Rapids are missing multiple key players along the backline due to injury, and will also be without starting goalkeeper Tim Howard, who is away on international duty with the USMNT as they take on Venezuela in a friendly. Columbus come into the match with an overall record of 7 wins, 7 losses, and 1 draw, but their record on the road is terrible; only 2 wins against 5 losses.
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Colorado Rapids Starting XI
MacMath; Hairston, de Fonte, Ford, Miller; Saeid, Azira, Powers, Gashi, Gatt; Badji, Doyle
Columbus Crew SC Starting XI
Steffen; Naess, Cronale, Williams; Afful, Trapp, Francis, Abu ; Meram, Higuain, ; O. Camara