Rapids-Toronto FC Preview

The Associated Press

The Colorado Rapids were in high spirits after picking up three points on the road last weekend.

A repeat performance could be hard to come by north of the border, where they haven't seen anything go their way.

The Rapids go for their first ever road win against Toronto FC, which tries to open 2-0 on its own field for the first time in four seasons Saturday.

After falling 3-2 to Sporting Kansas City on March 29, Colorado (2-1-1) bounced back with a 2-1 win at Vancouver last Saturday. Midfielder Jose Mari tied things up in the 79th minute before putting the Rapids ahead three minutes later.

"We're really happy with the win," Mari said through a translator. "All the games are important, not just the ones outside of home but also the ones at home. We're a team full of humble players but we're also very hard working. We're always going to give it everything that we have until the final moments."

The Rapids are 1-0-1 on the road thus far after going 4-9-5 in 2013. They haven't posted back-to-back road wins since 2011.

"You've got to be able to go on the road and get results. You have to play on the road in the playoffs. You can't expect to get all your points at home," defender Drew Moor told MLS' official website. "It's a tough place to play and Vancouver is a very good team. It's early in the season for sure but anytime you can go on the road against your conference opponent and get a victory it's a good sign."

Colorado, though, likely isn't looking forward to visiting Toronto. The Rapids have allowed 13 goals in going 0-6-0 all-time against TFC on the road.

Toronto (3-1-0) is coming off a 2-0 win at Columbus last Saturday. Michael Bradley gave the club an early 1-0 lead before Issey Nakajima-Farran added some insurance in the 85th minute.

"It was a very professional and hardened performance," said coach Ryan Nelsen, whose team has outscored foes 5-1 in its three victories. "To perform like this away from home gives us a lot of confidence."

Toronto now returns home, where it beat D.C. 1-0 on March 22. TFC hasn't won its first two home games since opening 4-0 in 2010.

"We're at home, we have a good crowd behind us, and no matter who we put out, when we're at home we expect to win," Nelsen said. "We look at Colorado, they're a very good team, and we know it's going to be a tough game."

While captain Steven Caldwell will return following a one-game suspension, Doneil Henry and Jermain Defoe are both uncertain to play due to injury. TFC could also be without Bradley, who was banged up against Columbus.

"We're wrapping them up in cotton wool at the moment, and hopefully we can get 11 out for Saturday," Nelsen said.

The Rapids took last season's only matchup against Toronto 1-0 at home May 4 to snap a four-game winless streak in the series.

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