Game Preview: Colorado vs Philadelphia
COMMERCE CITY, CO – Colorado host expansion-side Philadelphia Union on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:30 pm at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The match was originally scheduled for July 21 but was moved to this week to accommodate a schedule conflict for Philadelphia.
Colorado are 10-7-8 (38 points) and in sixth place in the Western Conference and five points clear of the final playoff spot at the moment with five games to play. Philadelphia come in at 7-12-6 (25 points), also sixth in the Eastern Conference, though 13 points away from a playoff spot with five games remaining.
- This is the second meeting between the two sides this year. Colorado took a point out of the road trip to Philadelphia with a 1-1 tie on August 14. Match Recap.
- Colorado have lost just once at home this year, and are currently riding a nine-game undefeated streak at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park with a record of 7-1-4. The team has shutout victories against the last four opponents to visit Colorado, included the last three by 3-0 scores. The Rapids are the third team in MLS history to win three consecutive home games by three or more goals in each, along with Dallas (July 18-Aug. 25, 2001) and D.C. United (July 15-Aug. 13, 2005).
- Philadelphia are 2-10-1 on the road this year.
- The four consecutive home shutouts by the Rapids (428 scoreless minutes) is the second longest such streak in team history. In 2005, Colorado registered five consecutive home clean sheets (534 scoreless minutes between goals); in 2004, the team also had four home shutouts in a row and went 458 minutes between opponent goals.
- The last opposing team to get on the board at Dick’ Sporting Goods Park was Dallas on July 31, through an own goal by the Rapids’ Julien Baudet. The last visiting team player to score at DSGP was Kansas City’s Davy Arnaud on July 17.
- The Rapids are 5-4-5 against Eastern Conference opponents; Philly are 3-6-4 against the West.
- Two players saw ‘firsts’ in the 1-1 tie at Salt Lake on Saturday: Kosuke Kimura registered his first assist of the year on Conor Casey’s 36th minute; and recently acquired forward Mac Kandji started his first game for the Rapids.
- Omar Cummings has scored in four consecutive games in which he’s appeared (five goals total, not counting the goal he scored for Jamaica on Sept. 7 vs. Peru), tying LA’s Edson Buddle for the second longest such streak in MLS this year. Toronto’s Dwayne De Rosario scored in five straight earlier this year. He was held out of the match at Salt Lake with a sprained left ankle but has trained with the team the first two days this week.
- Only John Spencer in 2003 (6 games) and Jean Harbor in 1996 (5 games) had longer consecutive game goal scoring streaks as Rapids players than Cummings has at the moment.
- Conor Casey picked up his fifth yellow card at Salt Lake and will serve a mandatory one game suspension against Philadelphia. Last weekend, Casey scored his 40th career goal in a Rapids uniform in Utah, becoming the club’s all-time leading goal-scorer.
- Wells Thompson needs to play two more games without a card to avoid a one-game suspension and have one removed.
- Philadelphia are coming in off their largest margin of victory of the season, having defeated Chivas USA 3-0 last Saturday. Forward Sebastien Le Toux scored his team-leading 12th goal of the year.
INJURY REPORT: (as of Sept. 28, 2010)
COLORADO: MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain); FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear); DOUBTFUL: DEF Julien Baudet (L hamstring strain); QUESTIONABLE: None: PROBABLE: Matt Pickens (groin); FW Omar Cummings (L ankle sprain)
PHI: QUESTIONABLE: MF Eduardo Coudet (R calf strain); PROBABLE: GK Chris Seitz (R ankle strain); DF Toni Stahl (R ankle strain); MF Stefani Miglioranzi (L shin contusion); FW Danny Mwanga (L shoulder sprain)
DISCIPLINARY / INTERNATIONAL:
ON CAUTION WARNING (suspended next yellow card)
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS:
NATIONAL TEAM CALL-UPS
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The match will be televised only on MLS Direct Kick and MLS MatchDay Live on MLSsoccer.com.
Colorado are home to DC United on Saturday, Oct. 2 (7 pm MT) in the second to last home match of the year. The team then hits the road for games at Dallas and Los Angeles before finishing the season at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against Real Salt Lake on October 23.