William Yarbrough, Keegan Rosenberry, Danny Wilson, Auston Trusty, Sam Vines, Jack Price (C), Nicolas Mezquida, Cole Bassett, Michael Barrios, Diego Rubio, Jonathan Lewis
Bench: Clint Irwin, Drew Moor, Andre Shinyashiki, Nicolas Benezet, Kortne Ford, Oliver Larraz, Collen Warner, Braian Galvan, Darren Yapi
Player Availability Report:
Out – Lalas Abubakar (injury)
Out - Kellyn Acosta (International Duty)
Out – Steven Beitashour (injury)
Out – Younes Namli (injury)
With his start this evening, Homegrown Sam Vines makes his 50th MLS appearance, all with the Rapids. Vines made his debut two and a half years ago, in the final match of 2018 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Tonight's start also marks Diego Rubio's 100th MLS appearance. Rubio joined MLS in 2016 with Sporting Kansas City and will have played 49 matches with the Rapids once he steps on the field tonight.
58 REASONS TO CELEBRATE
Colorado has scored in 27 consecutive MLS matches at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park since Oct. 28, 2018, which is the longest active home scoring streak in MLS. Sporting KC has the next longest active streak, with goals in 18 consecutive home MLS matches since Aug. 11, 2019 (regular season only, not including MLS is Back Tournament). The Rapids are 15-8-4 (W-L-D) and have outscored their opponents 58-44 in that span.
Colorado is unbeaten in its last six matches against FC Dallas at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids won the last two meetings in Colorado and have not lost at home to Dallas since 2014.
SOUTH AMERICAN CONNECTION
Michael Barrios and Diego Rubio have combined with each other for two goals in the last two games. Against Houston, Barrios found Rubio for the eventual game-winning header. Then on Saturday in Los Angeles, Rubio chipped the ball over the LAFC defenders to an on-rushing Barrios, who scored his first goal since joining Colorado in January. Barrios, from Barranquilla, Colombia, has a goal and two assists in his last two games, while Rubio, of Santiago, Chile, has two goals and one assist in his last four games.
INTERNATIONAL DUTY CALLS
Colorado will be without Kellyn Acosta, who was named to the USMNT 23-player roster for the upcoming Concacaf Nations League Final Four in Denver at Empower Field at Mile High on June 3 and 6. Acosta and the USMNT are in Switzerland preparing for a tune-up friendly against the Swiss on May 30 (Noon MT, ESPN/UniMás).
Acosta has been a prominent presence for Colorado this season. The 26-year-old Texan filled in for Sam Vines at left back to start the season and has been dominant since returning to the Rapids midfield. Acosta scored a blistering volley to kickstart Colorado’s comeback win against Minnesota and leads the team with 13 tackles won and 13 interceptions.
CHANGES TO THE LINEUP
Without Acosta, the Rapids are sporting a new lineup against FC Dallas. Nicolas Mezquida and Jonathan Lewis both are making their first starts of 2021. In addition, Braian Galven returns to the 18-man lineup for the first time in 2021.