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#COLvTFC: Starting XI and Game Thread

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And now, for the third time in 2018, the Rapids take on 2017 MLS Cup Champ Toronto FC

MLS: Colorado Rapids at FC Dallas Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

For the third time in the 2018 calendar year, our Colorado Rapids (1-1-2) take on 2017 MLS Cup Champion and CONCACAF Champions League finalists Toronto FC (1-2-0)

For the visitors, Toronto FC has earned a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League finals after their defeat of Club America (Liga MX) and will face Chivas Guadalajara (Liga MX), who sloppily knocked off the New York Red Bulls. As a result of their focus on the CCL, they have accrued a mere three points in three games. The season is early, giving them plenty of time to do something no other team has accomplished—a quadruple (MLS Cup, Supporters Shield, Canadian Cup, and the 2018 CONCACAF Champions League trophy).

The Colorado Rapids have shown glimpses of productivity in their attack, showing improvement over the last year. However, they need to find ways to finish, and this aspect of their play is what Rapids supports will notice. Three of their four games this season have lost points in the final few minutes. Dominique Badji and Joe Mason have been bright spots upfront with six goals between then, a partnership that is blossoming. Clearly, from the FC Dallas game, Hudson is spending the first few games seeing the fitness and the prospects of his squad. The Rapids must play aggressively on offense of the full 90, all the while watching the counter attack of likely the best MLS squad the league has seen.

Here's the Starting XI:

Predicted score: 3-2 Toronto.