Just another game for LaBrocca versus former club Chivas USA
Colorado Rapids midfielder Nick LaBrocca doesn't hold hard feelings against his former club Chivas USA, which the Rapids face on Saturday at The Home Depot Center (8:30 p.m. MT, Altitude2).
"It's just another game," LaBrocca said of the weekend match. "It's a familiar surrounding and some familiar faces."
LaBrocca was one of a number of players jettisoned from the LA-based club during the offseason after the change in coaches from Robin Fraser to Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, commonly referred to by his nickname, 'El Chelis.' The Rapids re-acquired LaBrocca in exchange for the rights to Eric Avila, whom the Rapids had selected in the re-entry draft but not signed.
The former MLS All-Star has started the past two matches for the Rapids, helping the club to a 2-2 draw against Portland and the team's first win of the season on Saturday against Real Salt Lake.
"I think the team played well in both games," LaBrocca said. "We were a little unfortunate against Portland not to get a win, especially going up 2-0. But still the performance in both games were very good for the team."
LaBrocca, who assisted on the game-winning goal agaisnt RSL (WATCH), sat out a portion of Wednesday's training on the turf at the Sports Dome (groin) but said he'd be ready for the weekend.
In his MLS career, LaBrocca is 3-3-0 against Chivas USA. The last time he faced the Goats was as a member of Toronto FC in 2010 when the Reds won 2-1. The last time he faced Chivas with the Rapids was in 2009, with Colorado winning 4-0.