Game Preview: Rapids at D.C. United

COMMERCE CITY, CO - The Colorado Rapids return to action on Saturday, May 15 with a road game in the Nation’s capital when they visit D.C. United at RFK Stadium at 5:30 p.m. MT (live on KWGN-Channel 2).

Colorado, currently 3-3-1 (10 points), are in a three-way tie for fourth place in the West, though only two points from third-place San Jose and three points from second-place Houston and Salt Lake. D.C. United have struggled to begin the season, posting a record of 1-6-0 (3 points), which places them in a last-place tie in the Eastern Conference.

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QUICK NOTES:

  • Colorado are 2-2 on the road in 2010, having won at Chivas USA and New England while dropping 1-0 games at Kansas City and San Jose.
  • D.C. United are 1-3 at RFK Stadium this season and have been outscored 7-2.
  • United have the edge in the all-time series against Colorado with a record of 15-11-6.
  • The Rapids have only defeated D.C. twice in 16 meetings at RFK Stadium, with the last win coming on July 10, 1999. Since then, D.C. are 7-0-4 at home against Colorado.
  • That said, the teams have split five of the last six season series, with Colorado winning the sixth.
  • The current Rapids roster has only scored three goals all-time against DC, with Omar Cummings notching two goals in three games and Colin Clark scoring once against United in five appearances.
  • Conor Casey is currently third on the Rapids’ all-time goal-scoring leaders with 32 career goals in 69 games. He has scored at least one goal against 13 of the 14 MLS teams he’s faced. The one team he’s yet to score on? D.C. United. He’s faced United twice without scoring either time. 
  • If he plays on Saturday against D.C., it would be Pablo Mastroeni’s 27th appearance against United, which would equal the most appearances against any MLS team. He’s also faced Los Angeles and New England 27 times in his career. Mastroeni’s five career assists against D.C. are the most against any team.
  • Rapids defender Kosuke Kimura, who had started the first six games at right back, is out with a stress fracture in his left tibia. Kimura initially injured his leg at San Jose on May 1 and then re-aggravated the injury during warm-ups prior to the game against Los Angeles on May 5.
  • D.C. United will be the fourth team the Rapids face this year that started the season with a new head coach. Curt Onalfo, who coached Kansas City for most of 2009, is the team’s new coach. Previously in 2010, Colorado faced Chivas USA (Martin Vasquez), Toronto (Preki), and Chicago (Carlos de los Cobos) with new coaches, posting a 2-0-1 record in those matches.
  • Besides the coaching staff, United have made other personnel changes from the 2009 season. Gone are midfielders Fred (Philadelphia) and Ben Olsen (retired, assistant coach), and forward Christian Gomez.
  • Goalkeeper Troy Perkins returned from Scandinavia to start the fix six games for DC, but was replaced last week by former academy player Bill Hamid, who at 19 years old became the youngest goalkeeper in MLS history to earn a victory when United defeated Kansas City on May 5. Other newcomers are Australian forward Danny Allstad, Salvadorian midfielder Christian Castillo, and veteran defender Carey Talley.
  • DC did bring back forward Luciano Emilio, who had previously left to play in Brazil. The team also still counts on MLS’ all-time leading scorer Jaime Moreno.
  • DC have had their injuries, with six players still listed as OUT for Saturday’s game.

INJURY REPORT: (as of May 12, 2010)

COLORADO: OUT: DEF Kosuke Kimura (L ankle stress fracture); MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain); FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)…DOUBTFUL: DEF Scott Palguta (L calf strain; MID Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain)…QUESTIONABLE: None…PROBABLE: None.

D.C. UNITED: OUT: Bryan Namoff  (concussion); DF Marc Burch (foot surgery); GK Andrew Quinn (knee surgery); DF Dejan Jakovic  (clavicle); FW Chris Pontius (hamstring); MF Santino Quaranta (staph infection)...DOUBTFUL: None...QUESTIONABLE: MF Andy Najar (ankle sprain); DF Jordan Graye (hamstring)… PROBABLE: None

DISCIPLINARY / INTERNATIONAL:

SUSPENDED

COL: None
DC: None 

ON CAUTION WARNING

COL: None
DC: Santino Quaranta will be suspended with his next caution. 

NATIONAL TEAM CALL-UPS

COL: None
DC: None

RAPIDS VS. D.C. UNITED HEAD-TO-HEAD:

Rapids all-time vs. DC: 11-15-6
At Home: 9-5-2
On Road: 2-10-4
2010 Regular Season vs. DC: first meeting

Last two seasons’ meetings:

05/04/2008  COL 2 vs DC 0  W  Dick's Sporting Goods Park
08/23/2008  COL 0 at DC 3  L  RFK Stadium
06/20/2009  COL 3 vs DC 0  W  Dick's Sporting Goods Park
07/18/2009  COL 1 at DC 3  L  RFK Stadium

TEAM UNIFORM COLORS:

COL: Sky Blue/ Sky Blue / Sky Blue
DC: Black / Black / Black

OFFICIALS:

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez. SAR (bench): Steve Taylor; JAR (opposite): Eric Proctor; 4th: Jasen Anno; MLS Career (Gonzalez): 42 games; FC/gm: 25.3; Y/gm: 3.7; R: 13; pens: 13

BROADCAST INFORMATION:

English Television: KWNG-Channel 2; MLS DirectKick; and MLS MatchDay Live (MLSsoccer.com).

VIEWING PARTY:

Join other Rapids fans at the Official Away Game Viewing Party at GB Fish and Chips, located at:

2175 Sheridan Blvd
Denver, CO 80214

Following the game at D.C., the Rapids will return to play their next two games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, first on May 29 versus the Seattle Sounders (7 p.m. MT) and then on June 5 when they host the Columbus Crew (7 p.m. MT). As a reminder, the club’s previously scheduled away match at Chicago on May 22 has been rescheduled to June 9.