Match Preview: Rapids at Defending Champs This Saturday

COMMERCE CITY COLO. (ColoradoRapids.com) - The Colorado Rapids travel to Ohio this Saturday night for the second game of their 3-match regular season road trip to take on the defending MLS champion Columbus Crew.
Saturday's match kicks off at 5:30pm MT and the match will be televised on Altitude 2. To find out what channel Altitude 2 is in your area click here.
The Rapids and Crew meet on Saturday for the 29th time in history with the Rapids holding a 14-8-7 advantage in their all-time record against Columbus.
In Ohio the Rapids are an even 6-6-3 all time. The Rapids will be looking to improve their recent record vs. the Crew as Colorado went 0-2-0 vs. Columbus last year and the last time these two clubs met Columbus came out on top in a 2-0 win over the Rapids on July 27 2008 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The Rapids are currently the league’s second-highest scoring club and carry two of the top goalscorers in MLS on their roster: Conor Casey (3) and Omar Cummings (2). Casey who won MLS Player of the Week honors this week has now scored 13 goals in the Rapids' last 19 games dating back to last season.
This weekend's game also marks the second game of the Rapids' longest road swing of the season with three consecutive matches away from Colorado. After beating LA at the Home Depot Center on Saturday and Tuesday (in an Open Cup play-in match) the Rapids travel to take on the holders of the last three MLS Cups going to Columbus on Saturday and then Houston on April 19.
The Rapids are coming into Saturday's game coming off 2 road wins at LA in 4 days. The Rapids bounced the Galaxy 3-2 in regular season action on Saturday and then stayed in the City of Angels through Tuesday night's US Open Cup play-in match in which Colorado again triumphed over Bruce Arena's squad this time winning in PK's to advance to the next game.
The Columbus Crew currently sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference five points behind leaders Chicago and New England. The Crew are still in search of their first victory in 2009. The reigning Supporters’ Shield holders are coming off consecutive losses and will look to earn a valuable three points at home where they were 11-2-2 last season. 2008 MLS MVP Guillermo Barros Schelotto is the team leader in scoring having tallied two goals (T-2nd in MLS) through the first four matches.
For the full match preview of this game visit the Colorado Rapids' Official Match-Up Page featuring interactive projected lineups insider game notes head-to-head stats and the latest injury and suspension reports by clicking here!
Dedicated Rapids fans will be gathering for the Rapids Official Away-Game Viewing Party for this match at GB Fish & Chips! The viewing party is free and open to fans of all ages to attend so wear your burgundy and come join other fans to watch the game live in a great soccer atmosphere on Saturday!
RAPIDS OFFICIAL AWAY-GAME VIEWING PARTY DETAILS FOR THIS MATCH:
WHERE:GB Fish & Chips located at 1311 South Broadway
WHEN: This Saturday April 11; kickoff is at 5:30 p.m. MT. Get there early to reserve a seat!
WHO: Open and free for fans of all ages to attend!
SPECIALS: Get happy hour prices through the game including 75-cent PBR's for all fans in Rapids jerseys!
The Rapids look forward to seeing all fans for the viewing party on Saturday! Don't forget to wear your burgundy!