Two games played, 12 goals scored

Always action, rarely dull, when the Colorado Rapids face Montreal Impact

Tony Cascio winner at Montreal

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Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids boast just five goals from their previous seven games, while Montreal Impact have bagged only eight goals in MLS all season, and yet when these two teams meet there always seems to be plenty of action and no small shortage of drama.

Take the match in Montreal last season, in which the Rapids took the lead through Atiba Harris, only to be pegged back and then overtaken by the then Eastern Conference leaders, and a side that were undefeated at home in 2013.

That is until - with the score at 3-3 - the 89th minute Rapids substitute Tony Cascio latched onto a Chris Klute steal and beat Impact keeper Troy Perkins with a deflected strike. The winning goal, pretty much the last kick of the game, hit the net just as the clock was ticking into the 96h minute.

Victory for the Rapids ended a three-game losing streak, and catapulted them on a season-changing nine-match unbeaten run, on a night when the midfield bossed matters on the road. In that June 29 win over the Impact, midfielders Dillon Powers, Nathan Sturgis and Hendry Thomas combined for 180 completed passes, with just 15 going astray.

Add to that pulsating contest a first MLS meeting of the two teams a year earlier, the Impact's first season in Major League Soccer, when the Rapids emerged with a 3-2 home win. The match was, again, packed with intrigue.

The date was May 26, 2012, so almost two years to the day that the pair will meet for a third time, and the match was heading for a 2-2 draw. The Rapids had been forced to play with 10 men since Tyrone Marshall received his marching orders after 61 minutes.

But then, with only seven minutes remaining, Martin Rivero delivered a free-kick from the right-hand side, which Scott Palguta headed goalwards. Impact keeper Greg Sutton tipped the ball onto the cross bar and watched as it rolled along the frame, only to drop down onto the grateful head of Jaime Castrillon who nooded in the winner.

Two games have produced 12 goals, and no end of thrills, with the Rapids emerging victorious on both occasions. They head for three in a row this Saturday (TICKETS), and bid to stop the recent slide. If the previous encounters are anything to go by, then this game should be quite a spectacle.