Pickens: I feel good, ready to go

Team's 2012 MVP looks likely to return to field in home opener against Philadelphia

Matt Pickens prepares for a drill at training

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ColoradoRapids.com

The team's 2012 Most Valuable Player could be back on the field on Saturday when the Rapids host Philadelphia in the 2013 home opener (4 p.m. MT, BUY TICKETS).

"I feel good, ready to go," goalkeeper Matt Pickens told ColoradoRapids.com on Wednesday. "I was ready last weekend, physically. I just felt like I need a little more training in order to feel sharper in the game."

Pickens, who backed up Stew Ceus last Saturday in the 1-0 loss at FC Dallas, has now completed five straight training sessions without complications after not practicing the previous two weeks with a muscle injury in his lower right leg.

"It was better to get a full, solid week of training," he said of sitting out the Dallas match. "I'm hoping to give it a go on Saturday."

Pickens' last MLS match was on October 2 of last year, when he started against San Jose but came off with a groin injury. He didn't play didn't play the final two games of the season, which ended the then longest-active MLS streak of 75 consecutive starts.

Pickens has started all five of Colorado's matches against Philadelphia - posting a 3-0-2 record - since the Union joined MLS in 2010.

WATCH: Pickens practices aiming goal kicks and punts at a target 60 yards away.