Rapids off to D.C. for first of two games this week

Following United on Wednesday, team returns home to face Sporting KC Saturday at DSG Park

Team waits at airport for flight to DC

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After a week away from competition, the Colorado Rapids departed for Washington D.C. Monday morning ahead of Wednesday's match at DC United (5:30 pm MT, Altitude TV).

"Obviously D.C.'s always a tough place to go and get points," Drew Moor said before leaving. "They have a very good history and tradition there at RFK."

For the third year in a row, the Rapids will play DC at RFK Stadium in the middle of May. On May 15, 2010, the Rapids defeated United 1-0  to mark their first victory in the Nation’s Capital since 1999. On May 14 of last year, Colorado took a 1-0 first-half road lead but United came back to earn the home draw.

United sit in third place in the Eastern Conference with 18 points off a 5-4-3 start. On Saturday they lost 1-0 at Houston in the Dynamo's opening their new facility, BBVA Compass Stadium.

"We know they played in a big emotional game on Saturday against Houston in the new stadium and had to travel back," Moor said. "We're definitely going to look to take advantage of that, and we've had a little time off now."

Colorado's last match was a 2-0 win at FC Dallas on May 6. After the midweek game, the Rapids have a quick turn around as they'll host the East's second place side, Sporting KC, Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (7 pm MT, TICKETS).

"It's a big three points that we want to win, especially hosting Kansas City back at home on Saturday night," Moor said.

The meeting with KC will be the first since Sporting eliminating the Rapids from the 2011 MLS Cup Playoffs. The teams tied both regular season matches last year. Colorado's last win over KC was on March 28, 2009, a 2-1 victory at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.