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Game Preview & How to Watch: San Jose Earthquakes vs Colorado Rapids

The Rapids are heading to NorCal to take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

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On Saturday, July 29th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to Northern California to play the San Jose Earthquakes at Avaya Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. MDT and the match will be broadcast on Altitude.

The Colorado Rapids will look to build on their 1-1 draw with MLS high-flyers Toronto FC as they will do battle with the San Jose Earthquakes. The draw was a positive result against the league’s top side but a full three points on the road would be a big boost to the Rocky Mountain team. This past week, Colorado made their first acquisition of the summer transfer window with the signing of German attacker Stefan Aigner from TSV 1860 Munich on a 3.5-year deal.

Colorado (6-11-2, 20 points) is coming off a positive result against Toronto FC last Saturday as Dominique Badji scored a second-half goal to earn the Rapids a 1-1 draw and a share of the spoils at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario. The result was the first road point of the season for Colorado and a boost against a strong TFC team despite the fact that Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore were featuring for the United States national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

San Jose (7-9-5, 26 points) is currently one point back from a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Chris Leitch was named head coach for the Earthquakes on June 25th after the club sacked Dominic Kinnear. On July 23rd, the Seattle Sounders defeated San Jose 3-0 at CenturyLink Field.

Historically, the Rapids have struggled in the Bay Area of California, losing both games at the newer Avaya Stadium and only winning once in 14 games at San Jose since 2004. Colorado has six of their next nine games on the road, so their road form has to be significantly better or the team will most certainly miss out on a playoff spot.

San Jose has recently signed Georgia international player Valeri Qazaishvili and Swiss defender Francois Affolter since the summer transfer window opened.

Injuries

Colorado

QUESTIONABLE: Joshua Gatt (ankle), Shkelzen Gashi (calf)

OUT: Bobby Burling (foot)

San Jose

QUESTIONABLE: none

OUT: Kip Colvey (knee), Harold Cummings (leg), Marc Pelosi (knee), Kofi Sarkodie (calf)

Suspensions

Colorado

none

San Jose

Anibal Godoy (yellow card accumulation)

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. MDT

Venue: Avaya Stadium—San Jose, CA

TV Information: Altitude

Radio: Altitude950

Live Stream: MLS Live (blackouts apply)

Weather at Kickoff: 74 and sunny