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Rapids looking for first road win of season at FC Dallas

Could Bryan Acosta or Michael Barrios break out against their former club?

MLS: D.C. United at Colorado Rapids Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids will be in the Lone Star State on Saturday night for a big clash against the Toros. F.C. Dallas, like Colorado, is 2-1-2 with eight points through five games, but unlike the Rapids, the Burn are very new looking in 2022.

Nico Estevez is the new full-time manager of the club, coming over from Gregg Berhalter’s staff with the USMNT and with the Columbus Crew before that. The Spaniard did lead Valencia on an interim basis at one point. On the field, there’s a new leader as well. Star winger Paul Arriola is back in MLS; he’s already notched a goal and tallied an assist.

The Rapids are looking to bounce back after back-to-back draws, including a 1-1 performance at home against Real Salt Lake last week.

Locally the game will be broadcasted on Attitude 2 and 950 AM, and nationally the game is available on ESPN+. Kickoff is at 5:30 p.m., with the weather expected at 70 degrees and clear.

“We’re doing a lot of things well; we just need to be sharper in the final third,” Robin Fraser said this week. “The hope is that we continue to play well and finish a few more opportunities.”

The Rapids are middle of the table in goal scoring but watching them lends any viewer to believe there are more goals that could be scored; Colorado just needs to finish.

On Saturday, two players to watch are Michael Barrios and Bryan Acosta, each returning to Dallas, where they played for the Burn. Barrios, the Rapids leading score last year, is one goal away from 40 in his MLS career. Acosta, a former Dallas Designated Player, joined that club in 2019, making 60 appearances and recording two goals and five assists during his three seasons.

Braian Galvan, Aboubacar Keita and Oliver Larraz remain the lone players on the injury report. All listed as out.