MLS Regular Season
Vicente Sánchez is two weeks away from recovery, after which it will then be a coaching decision on his match fitness, following a sprained left knee suffered in the 1-0 win over LA Galaxy on May 3.
The 34-year-old, who is the Rapids' leading scorer this season with five goals, can run, twist and turn but suffers some discomfort with the ball at his feet.
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.
Colorado Rapids midfielder José Mari was back in training earlier today (pictured above left), having been a late withdrawal from the team to face Real Salt Lake last Saturday, due to flu-like symptoms.
The 26-year-old was replaced in the starting line-up by Nathan Sturgis, as the Rapids fell 2-1 at their Rocky Mountain Cup rivals. But, when the team returned to training on Tuesday, José Mari was actively involved.
Nobody can fault the Rapids for effort, despite a second successive loss in MLS, and it’s clear that they are fully aware of where they've fallen short, whether that be their paucity in front of the posts or the slow starts. As skipper Drew Moor noted after Saturday’s showing in Sandy: “We just can’t wait to get punched in the face before we start playing.”
SANDY, UTAH - For the first 22 minutes of Saturday's game against Colorado, Real Salt Lake controlled the run of play but somehow couldn't tack the last pass on possession after possession.
|Real Salt Lake||Colorado Rapids|
|7||Attempts on Goal||16|
|4||Shots on Target||6|
|1||Shots off Target||
Rapids open their #RockyMtnCup defense in Utah against unbeaten RSL
Rapids away to Real Salt Lake
REAL SALT LAKE vs COLORADO RAPIDS
A quick look at the Rapids at Salt Lake
Infographic: Match Preview
Rapids assistant coach to sample MLS rivalry having played in one of biggest in world soccer
Metgod on soccer rivalry
As the Colorado Rapids players head to Utah for this weekend's meeting with Real Salt Lake, one man on the coaching staff may well share some of his experiences ahead of this rivalry fixture. Assistant coach, John Metgod, is new to the Rocky Mountain Cup but he is not new to rivalry within soccer, having played in one of the sport’s fiercest – Real Madrid versus Barcelona.
The month of May has been kind to the Rapids in previous meetings with RSL
Rapids lead the way
When the Colorado Rapids go up against arch-rivals Real Salt Lake this Saturday (7.30 p.m ko, on Altitude), it will be a 29th meeting between the two. And, despite RSL reaching loftier heights in recent times, including an agonizing penalty shoot-out defeat in last year’s MLS Cup, the Rapids boast the better head-to-head record since their first encounter on April 16, 2005 - the inaugural home game for then MLS newcomers RSL.