Starting XI: William Yarbrough, Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Abubakar, Danny Wilson, Auston Trusty, Cole Bassett, Jack Price (C), Andre Shinyashiki, Braian Galván, Diego Rubio, Michael Barrios.
Subs: Clint Irwin, Drew Moor, Nicolas Benezet, Jeremy Kelly, Nicolás Mezquida, Kortne Ford, Oliver Larraz, Collen Warner, Steven Beitashour.
Player Availability Report:
Out – Younes Namli (injury)
Out – Kellyn Acosta (international duty)
Out – Jonathan Lewis (international duty)
Out – Sam Vines (international duty)
The Rapids have scored in 31 consecutive MLS matches at DICK’S Sporting Goods Park, the longest active home scoring streak in MLS. The Burgundy Boys’ run with at least a goal at home is tied with Atlanta (May 20, 2018 – Aug. 29, 2020) for sixth-longest in MLS history. Colorado has outscored opponents by 19 in that time. The Rapids are 10-2-4 at DSGP under Fraser.
DALLAS GETTING BURNED AT ALTITUDE
The Rapids are undefeated in their last seven meetings with Dallas at DSGP since April 2015 and have won the last three. Colorado has a chance to take seven points from three games in a single season against Dallas for the first time since 2008 (they have played three games in a season six times since then).
This is the third time Colorado has picked up two clean sheets in one season against Dallas (regular season only). The Rapids have swept the season series once, back in 2000 with a pair of 1-0 wins, which was also the only time Colorado went an entire season without conceding a goal to Dallas.
THE RAPIDS WAY IN ACTION
On Saturday against San Jose, 17-year-old Dantouma “Yaya” Toure made his MLS debut when he entered the match in place of F Michael Barrios in the 87th minute. Toure signed a Homegrown Player contract with the Rapids in March and has one goal in seven appearances with Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the USL Championship this season.
Toure is the sixth teenager to make his MLS debut with Colorado since 2018 and the third under Robin Fraser. Braian Galván debuted as a substitute shortly after joining the team at 19 years, 289 days old in July 2020; Oliver Larraz has played in two matches since signing as a Homegrown in March at 19 years, 241 days.
Sam Vines (19 years, 143 days) and Cole Bassett (17 years, 42 days) made their debuts in 2018 and have played 53 and 51 MLS matches, respectively. D Sebastian Anderson became the youngest player to appear and start for Colorado in MLS in April 2019 at 16 years, 262 days old, barely three weeks after signing as a Homegrown.
GOLD CUP WATCH
Colorado will be without Kellyn Acosta, Jonathan Lewis and Sam Vines on Wednesday as the trio are at the Concacaf Gold Cup with the U.S. Men’s National Team. Vines became the first Rapids Academy product to score a goal for the U.S. at a senior international tournament with his game-winning header against Haiti on July 11, with Lewis also in the starting XI. Acosta, meanwhile, helped set up Shaq Moore’s opening-minute winner against Canada on Sunday and played in all three group stage matches, starting two.NEWS & NOTES
NOTES & MILESTONES
• Diego Rubio is tied for second in MLS with three game-winning goals, while Michael Barrios is tied for second in MLS with three game-winning assists. Rubio’s next assist will be the 20th of his MLS career. The 28-year-old Chilean has 17 goals and 11 assists in 53 career appearances with Colorado.
• Nico Benezet’s next appearance will be the 30th of his MLS career. The 30-year-old Frenchman has four assists in 21 career matches with Colorado and picked up an assist in his first start of the season on July 17.
• Cole Bassett’s next start will be the 40th of his MLS career. His next appearance will be his 53rd, tying D Sam Vines for
second-most by Rapids Academy product. The 19-year-old Littleton, Colo., native leads all Rapids Academy products with 11
goals and eight assists.
• William Yarbrough is tied for second in MLS with five clean sheets. His next clean sheet will be his 10th as a Rapids goalkeeper. The 32-year-old would be the eighth Rapids goalkeeper to reach 10 shutouts.
• The Rapids are the only team in MLS not to concede a goal in the final 15 minutes of matches this season. Colorado has
allowed just four second-half goals this season, the fewest in MLS.