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Starting XI & Game Preview: Colorado Rapids vs. San Jose Earthquakes

After playing in the Bay Area just two weeks ago, San Jose comes to Colorado for a rematch.

MLS: Colorado Rapids at San Jose Earthquakes Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for revenge. Two weeks ago, the Colorado Rapids played the San Jose Earthquakes and didn’t do so well. Now the Quakes do some time traveling to where the plague still exists (in the fleas) and there is still hope in the eyes of Rapids fans.

The Rapids are coming off a historic win last week against the Montreal Impact and plan to use that momentum going forward. Despite some injuries, including Tim Howard (listed as questionable) and Tommy Smith (who was still doing side work late in the week at training), the Rapids have every intention of getting revenge from that 3-1 loss two weeks ago.

San Jose’s win against the Rapids was their last win in a streak of five, and they only managed a 1-1 tie to Columbus last week. Most teams in MLS don’t travel well and San Jose might be third place in the standings but have a 3-4-3 record away from Avaya Stadium. As for the head-to-head in Colorado, the Rapids are 13-13-8. These two teams always seem to keep it close.

Should San Jose come into this game and sit back a bit, there is a chance for the Rapids to do what they did to Montreal, but if San Jose comes pressing hard and can get into the Rapids 18, then we could be watching the same game we saw two weeks ago.

In the past I’ve not always been convinced that the Rapids had the edge here thanks to the altitude, but not today. This squad can go 90 minutes on the attack and not look like they have been hung out to dry.

Starting XI:

Officials

Referee: Tim Ford

Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking, Gjovalin Bori

4th Official: Ramy Touchan

VAR: Daniel Radford

Colorado

OUT: Kortne Ford (knee), Deklan Wynne (foot)

QUESTIONABLE: Tim Howard (calf)

Suspended:

Suspended after next caution: Jack Price, Danny Wilson, Kei Kamara, Lalas Abubakar

San Jose

OUT: Anibal Godoy (M) - abdomen surgery

QUESTIONABLE: Cristian Espinoza (M) - lower leg injury, Andres Rios (F) - upper thigh injury

Suspended: N/A

Suspended after next caution: Harold Cummings (D), Nick Lima (D)

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 10th at 7 p.m. MST

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO

TV Information: AltitudeTV

Radio: 92.5 FM

Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

C38 Tailgate: Starts at 4 p.m. ($7 donation)