While Denver enjoys a weekend of warm and pleasant weather, the Rapids will freeze their butts off—kicking off to game-time temperatures in the 20s in Minnesota on Saturday night.
The Colorado Rapids will look to end a cold stretch in the freezing Allianz Field against their conference rivals, Minnesota United F.C. The Loons are also coming off a loss in Texas shutout in Austin last week. Colorado dropped in Dallas.
Colorado took all three games from Minnesota in 2021, highlighted by one of last season’s best comebacks. Remember when the Rapids netted three in 17 minutes while down a man to beat the Loons in June? Fun times. On Saturday, the two will kick off at 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcasted on Altitude 2 (ESPN+) and 950 AM.
Michael Barrios’ 12 games played against Minnesota are the most among active players in MLS. The Rapids’ leading goalscorer from last year will look to continue a strong run of form against the Loons, telling eight assists in matchups against them. Colorado tried to get as much payback in 2021 as possible for their 2020 season-ending shutout dealt by Minnesota in the postseason.
This season Minnesota has yet to score two goals in a match. This is not shocking when you consider they had the least scores among playoff-bound teams a season ago. Similarly, the Rapids have had issues scoring.
“We have belief we can create against most teams and lineup. There has to be a level of confidence from that,” Robin Fraser said. “We just need to keep working on final passes and final shot. We keep working on that... scoring goals is the hardest thing in the game for us it’s just going to take more work.”
“Our problem is not creating chances, it’s putting them away, and that’s an easy fix,” Andre Shinyashiki said. “That gives us confidence moving forward.”
One player who generates a lot of Colorado’s goals is Jack Price. The Rapids’ captain is just one assist from taking sole possession of second-most assists all-time in club history. Price is currently tied for second with 34 while in Burgundy.
Braian Galvan, Aboubacar Keita and Oliver Larraz remain out with injuries.
The Rapids are looking for their first win since March 12, after a string of two ties and a loss has cost them plenty of points in the standings.