Game Preview: Rapids at 'Quakes

Colorado Travels to San Jose to Face the Earthquakes on Sat. May 1 at 7 pm MT

Conor Casey at SJ 2009

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COMMERCE CITY, CO - The Colorado Rapids head out for their second game of a back-to-back road stretch as they take on the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, May 1 at Buck Shaw Stadium at 8:00 pm MT (KWGN-Channel 2). 

Colorado’s 3-1-1 record places them second in the Western Conference, while their 10 points are the most ever in the club’s 15-year history through five games. San Jose are 2-2-0 (6 points) and currently sit sixth in the West.    

MATCHCENTER / PREVIEW / RECAP

QUICK NOTES:

-- The Rapids have not claimed a win against the Earthquakes since April 24, 2004, going 0-5-6 since that time.

-- The Rapids’ last road victory in this series came on August 30, 2003 at Spartan Stadium. That date was also the last time Colorado have scored more than one goal against San Jose.

-- We should remind readers that the Earthquakes were not part of MLS for the 2006 and 2007 seasons while they obtained new ownership. The team returned to MLS for the 2008 season and retained all their historical records.

-- All five goals scored on the Rapids this season have come from set pieces and none from the run of play (2 off free kicks, 2 penalty kicks and 1 off a corner kick). The Rapids have not given up a goal from the run of play in 450 minutes this season.

-- The Rapids are the highest scoring team in MLS with eight (8) goals, however they are second in goals per game average (1.60). Columbus have 5 games through 3 games (1.67).

-- Omar Cummings has scored 18 goals in MLS, spread fairly evenly against 10 teams. San Jose are one of the four teams against which he has yet to score.

-- On the other side, Conor Casey has scored the game-tying goal against San Jose in each of his three starts against the Quakes, all 1-1 finals. In his first game against SJ on July 12, 2008, Casey evened the score in the 69th minute. Then, in back-to-back games on September 18 and 23, 2009, he put away extra time penalty kicks to salvage one point each time for the Rapids.

-- Rapids ‘keeper Matt Pickens is a perfect 100 percent against SJ, though he’s only faced the Quakes one time in his career, his fewest appearances against any MLS side. He won his only start against SJ in his second career start for the Chicago Fire on April 16, 2005, a 2-1 victory.

-- San Jose count on core veterans Joe Cannon, Arturo Alvarez, Ramiro Corrales, Cornell Glenn, Andre Luiz, and Bobby Convey, and this year they added veteran Brazilian forward Eduardo, rookie center back Ike Opara, and midfielder Joey Gjertsen. The Quakes also brought back forward Scott Sealy, who has been playing overseas.

-- The two teams have a history of interchanging players, notable Paul Bravo, David Kramer, and Joe Cannon have played for both sides. The most recent trade came on April 7, 2010, when the Rapids acquired forward Quincy Amarikwa from San Jose in exchange for a 2011 draft pick.

INJURY REPORT: (as of April 27, 2010)

COLORADO: OUT: MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain), FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)…DOUBTFUL: None…QUESTIONABLE: MF Jamie Smith (hamstring)...PROBABLE: None.

SAN JOSE: OUT: None...DOUBTFUL: None...QUESTIONABLE: None…PROBABLE:. MID Arturo Alvarez (L hamstring strain); FWD Cornell Glen (L hamstring strain); FWD Eduardo (L hamstring strain)...

DISCIPLINARY / INTERNATIONAL:

SUSPENDED

COL: None
SJ: None

ON CAUTION WARNING

COL: None
SJ: None

NATIONAL TEAM CALL-UPS

COL: None
SJ: None

RAPIDS VS. SAN JOSE HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Rapids all-time vs. SJ: 16-20-8
At Home: 9-10-3
On Road: 7-10-5
Last Meeting: COL 1 vs. SJ 1, 9/23/09
2010 Regular Season vs. SJ: first meeting

Last four meetings:

04/19/2008  COL 0 vs SJ 2  L  Dick's Sporting Goods Park
07/12/2008  COL 1 at SJ 1  T  Buck Shaw Stadium
09/18/2009  COL 1 at SJ 1  T  Buck Shaw Stadium
09/23/2009  COL 1 vs SJ 1  T  Dick's Sporting Goods Park

TEAM UNIFORM COLORS:

COL: Sky Blue/Sky Blue/White
SJ: Black/Black/Black

OFFICIALS:

Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Referee's Assts.: Frank Anderson, Jeff Muschik
Fourth Official: Tyler Ploeger

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

English Television: KWGN-Channel 2

RAPIDS OFFICIAL AWAY-GAME VIEWING PARTY:

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Colorado make their return to Dick's Sporting Goods Park on Wednesday, May 5 when they host the Los Angeles Galaxy at 7:30 pm MT. Tickets are still available for the next home match by clicking here.