In what could potentially be called the biggest match so far for the Burn this year, the team will travel to Colorado to face the Rapids on Saturday, at 8 p.m. (CT). With only seven matches left in the 2004 season, the Burn, who currently occupy the fourth and final playoff spot in the West, are just one point ahead of fifth-place San Jose and just one point back of third-place Colorado. Dallas (9-9-5, 32 points), however, has a game in hand on the Rapids (8-7-9, 33 points).
BURN/RAPIDS SERIES NOTES
The Burn lead the all-time series vs. Colorado 15-13-3 ... after a pair of 1-1 draws in the first two meetings this year the Burn took a 1-0 victory on August 7 at the Cotton Bowl ... the Burn are unbeaten in their last four matches vs. Colorado, posting a 2-0-2 record over that span ... Dallas is winless in their last five visits to Denver, going 0-3-2 in that stretch ... the Burn have posted a 6-3-3 record in the last 12 meetings ... Jason Kreis leads all Burn scorers vs. the Rapids with eight goals and seven assists for 23 career points ... Chris Henderson and John Spencer lead all Rapids scorers vs. the Burn with 15 points apiece.
JOHNSON REGISTERS SECOND MULTIPLE GOAL MATCH OF YEAR
With a pair of goals in Saturday's 4-1 victory over Chicago, forward Eddie Johnson registered his second multiple-goal match of the season. The last time a Burn player had more than one multiple-goal match in a season was in 2000, when Ariel Graziani struck for two goals in four matches. In addition to Johnson's two multiple goal matches, midfielder Brad Davis also has one multiple goal match this year. The three multiple goal matches this year mark the first time a Burn player has registered two or more goals in a match since August 17, 2002.
GIBBS, JOHNSON CALLED UP TO US NATIONAL TEAM FOR UPCOMING WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS
Burn defender Cory Gibbs and forward Eddie Johnson have been named to the 23-man roster released by U.S. Soccer today as the team prepares for upcoming World Cup qualifiers vs. El Salvador on September 4 and at Panama on September 8. Both Gibbs and Johnson were called in for the U.S.'s 1-1 draw at Jamaica on August 18, though neither player saw any game action. The team begins training in Boston Monday afternoon in anticipation of Saturday's match at Gillette Stadium. They will remain in the Boston area until September 7 before departing for Panama.
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BURN GAME-WATCHING PARTY SATURDAY AT THE STADIUM CAFÉ
The Burn will host a game-watching party on Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Stadium Café. The Stadium Café features great food, cold drinks (including $2.00 Budweiser and Bud Light draft and $2.00 well drinks) and there will also be some great Burn prizes given away at halftime. The Stadium Café is located on the south east corner of Addison Road and Beltline Road, in the same center as Purdy's and Bennedick's Breakfast Restaurant.
With the game-winning goal Saturday vs. Chicago, forward Eddie Johnson now has six game-winners on the year, tying a Burn record. Jason Kreis registered six game-winning goals in 1998 and '99. The league record for most game-winning goals is nine, set by the Galaxy's Carlos Ruiz in 2002. Midfielder Ronnie O'Brien is tied for the league lead in assists with nine and in game-winning assists with four. The team record for most game-winning assists in a year is seven, set by Kreis in 1999. Five of the Burn's final seven matches are against teams with a .500 record or better. The Burn are just 3-6-3 in games this year in which they've outshot their opponent but 5-3-2 in games in which they've been outshot.