INVESCO FIELD at MILE HIGH
7 pm MT (FSC, HDNet, CSN-DC)
Very quietly, the Colorado Rapids have started to turn the corner, putting together a four-game unbeaten streak since just before the All-Star break and staying in contact with the teams above them in the Western Conference. They play host to a D.C. United that resoundingly put a three-loss week behind them at midweek, hitting for a season-high five goals in a rampant victory against Real Salt Lake that pulled the defending MLS Cup champion into a tie for second place in the tight Eastern Conference.
REFEREE: Baldomero Toledo. SAR (bench): Paul Scott; JAR (opposite): Jose Corro; 4th: Scott McCaslin
MLS Career: 17 games; FC/gm: 28.1; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 4; pens: 4
Games involving Rapids: P5 W0 L2 T3; FC/gm: 26.6; Y/gm: 3.8; R: 1; pens: 1
Games involving United: P4 W1 L0 T3; FC/gm: 24.3; Y/gm: 4.0; R: 0; pens: 1
INJURY REPORT: COLORADO RAPIDS - OUT: MF Matt Crawford (R hip strain); PROBABLE: DF Nat Borchers (R knee contusion); GK Joe Cannon (L abdominal strain); DF Dan Gargan (R neck sprain) ... D.C. UNITED - OUT: FW Alecko Eskandarian (concussion); DF David Stokes (ankle sprain); DF Kenny Arena (first metatarsal)
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: COL: FW Jeff Cunningham; MF Pablo Mastroeni (USA; Sept. 3 v Mexico) ... DC: FW Santino Quaranta (USA; Sept. 3 v Mexico)
SUSPENDED: DC: Josh Gros (through Sept. 4)
WARNINGS: COL: Nat Borchers (20 CP); Alain Nkong (8 add'l CP), Jean-Philippe Peguero (17 CP) ... DC: Ben Olsen (17 CP)
ALL-TIME (22 meetings): Rapids 6 wins (1 shootout), 29 goals ... United 11 wins (2 shootout), 41 goals ... 5 draws
IN DENVER: (11 meetings): Rapids 4 wins (0 shootout), 18 goals ...United 5 wins (1 shootout), 19 goals ... 2 draws
The Colorado Rapids return to action for the first time in 2½ weeks, their last match a 2-0 victory against the New England Revolution in Denver on Aug. 17. The Rapids are still in fourth place in the Western Conference with 28 points from 23 matches, nine ahead of fifth-place Real Salt Lake in the playoff race, and seven behind third-place Los Angeles Galaxy.
D.C. United put an end to their brief two-match losing streak in resounding fashion, thrashing Real Salt Lake 5-1 on Wednesday night at RFK Stadium. Now on 41 points from 25 matches, United pulled into a tie for second place in the Eastern Conference with the Kansas City Wizards, four points behind leader New England Revolution and two ahead of fourth-place Chicago Fire.