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Game Preview: Colorado Rapids vs. D.C. United

Wayne Rooney and D.C. United comes to Colorado this year.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at D.C. United Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids play host to D.C. United today and when doing my pre-game research, one thing jumped out at me: Ted Unkle is today’s center referee. There have been Rapids matches in the past where there were clear moments of bias for the opposing side from Mr. Unkle. I would go so far as betting that DC will get a very nice call somewhere outside the box. Or, as the Rapids are on a streak of seeing red in the first three home games, will Ted Unkle find a reason to make it four?

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk DC. This was a team that we used to make fun of. They had a run-down stadium and were often worse off in the standings than the Rapids. In 2013, D.C. United only won three games. It took a little bit of time—and a whole lot of money—but now MLS is expecting DCU to make it to the MLS Cup. Add in Wayne Rooney, Paul Arriola, and Bill Hamid (along with a shiny new stadium) and this team is riding a big momentum push. United are 3-1-1 so far this season and played Montreal to a scoreless draw Tuesday night. D.C. United are 7-10-4 when facing the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

As for the Burgundy Boys, they got an extra bit of rest this week with the Seattle game postponed until September 7th due to the snow storm last Wednesday. Along with fresher legs, the Rapids have home-field advantage and defender Kofi Opare, who is likely eager to face his former team. The key for the Rapids is to take the positives from the Orlando game and repeat them at home. The defense has had some holes, but it’s been mental mistakes and poor positioning that has cost them games in the past and they need to learn from that.

This game could be an entertaining one. Take the ref out of it and you have two teams with prolific goal scorers, national team-quality keepers, and two questionable defenses. We should expect to see fast-paced soccer (now watch it end 0-0).

Predicted Starting XI: Tim Howard; Keegan Rosenberry, Kofi Opare, Tommy Smith, Dillon Serna; Jack Price, Benny Feilhaber, Kellyn Acosta, Nicolas Mezquida; Diego Rubio, Kei Kamara


OUT: Kortne Ford (knee)


Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: None


OUT: Oniel Fisher (knee), Antonio Bustamante (knee), Joseph Mora (broken jaw), Chris McCann (hamstring strain), Chris Odoi-Atsem (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)

QUESTIONABLE: Leonardo Jara (shoulder)

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: None

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, April 13th, 7 p.m. MT

Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park — Commerce City, CO

Live Stream: This game will not be on TV or radio. It will be streamed on (log in with your cable/satellite provider) or ESPN+ (subscription required, out of market only)

C38 Tailgate: Starts at 4 p.m.