INVESCO FIELD at MILE HIGH
7:30 pm MT (Comcast/CHI)
Two teams desperate for a win have one final chance to head into the All-Star break on a good note. The Colorado Rapids have scored just one goal in their last 7 3/4 hours of competition, and have gone their last five games in all competitions without a victory. For the Chicago Fire, they saw their league winless streak extended to eight games at the weekend, though they at least have an Open Cup victory to their credit over the past eight weeks.
REFEREE: Richard Heron. SAR (bench): Paul Scott; JAR (opposite): Jose Corro; 4th: Craig Burns
MLS Career: 32 games; FC/gm: 34.9; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 9; pens: 10
Games involving Rapids: P9 W7 L2 T0; FC/gm: 37.2; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 3; pens: 6
Games involving Fire: P8 W6 L2 T0; FC/gm: 37.1; Y/gm: 3.4; R: 3; pens: 3
INJURY REPORT: COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: DF Pablo Mastroeni (L quadriceps strain); MD Darryl Powell (L hamstring strain); DF Jeff Stewart (R knee); FW Zizi Roberts (R knee swelling); DF Gary Sullivan (L leg stress fracture); PROBABLE: FW Rey Angel Martinez (broken toe); DF Ritchie Kotschau (L knee) ... CHICAGO FIRE - OUT: MD Jesse Marsch (R ankle cartilage damage); FW Ante Razov (R ankle bone spur); DOUBTFUL: DF Evan Whitfield (lower abdominal strain); PROBABLE: DF Orlando Perez (L quad contusion); MD Andy Williams (neck strain)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: none
YELLOW PERIL: COL: Darryl Powell (18 CP); Nat Borchers (20 CP) ... CHI: Jim Curtin (18 CP); Andy Williams (18 CP)
ALL-TIME (20 meetings): Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 23 goals ... Fire 11 wins (0 shootout), 41 goals ... 3 draws
IN DENVER (9 meetings): Rapids 4 wins (1 shootout), 14 goals ... Fire 2 wins, 13 goals (0 shootout) ... 3 draws
The Colorado Rapids saw their winless streak extend to four matches, playing to a drab scoreless draw with the Columbus Crew on Saturday afternoon in Denver. The Rapids have now scored one goal in their last 375 minutes, now tied for third place in the Western Conference with the Dallas Burn with 23 points from 18 matches, 10 points behind the West leader Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Chicago Fire lost to the MetroStars for the first time in more than two years, seeing their current winless run stretched to eight games in a 2-1 loss at Giants Stadium on Saturday evening. The Fire are still stuck in fourth place in the Eastern Conference with 19 points from 18 matches, now just a point ahead of the New England Revolution and now seven adrift of the Metros.