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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - New York Red Bulls

Colorado Rapids (4-2-3-1): Irwin; Mullan, Moore, Mera, Klute; Thomas, Sturgis; Harris, Powers, LaBrocca; Buddle.


OUT: Diego Calderon (R knee surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: Matt Pickens (L arm fracture), Martín Rivero (L quad strain), Jaime Smith (R groin strain)

New York Red Bulls (4-4-2): Robles; Barklage, Holgersson, Olave, Lade; Alexander, McCarty, Cahill, Steele; Espindola, Henry.


OUT: Ian Christianson (R Foot Injury), Digao (Heel Injury)
  • New York is in second place in Major League Soccer's Eastern Conference, with 28 points in 18 games.

  • Colorado is sixth in the West, 23 points from 18 matches leaving the Rapids one point behind LA in the last playoff berth.
  • The Rapids snapped a three-game skid with a big statement at the weekend, with a 96th minute Tony Cascio goal giving them a 4-3 win away to East-leading Montreal.
  • New York, too, ended a three-game losing streak in all competitions, taking a 2-0 decision over the Houston Dynamo.
  • In the lone meeting between these sides last season, New York won big, defeating Colorado 4-1 on March 25.
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