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Starting XI:

Keegan Rosenberry, Danny Wilson, Auston Trusty, Andre Shinyashiki, Diego Rubio, Michael Barrios, Jack Price, Younes Namli, William Yarbrough, Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett

Subs:

Clint Irwin, Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor, Oliver Larraz, Nicolas Mezquida, Jonathan Lewis, Nicolas Benezet, Darren Yapi

Player Availability Report

  • Out - Abubakar (injury)
  • Out - Galvan (injury)
  • Out - Vines (injury)

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Notes:

HOMECOMING

Saturday will mark a return to Dallas for several Rapids players. F Michael Barrios, who was acquired from Dallas via trade on Jan. 13, could make his Rapids debut against his former club. Barrios spent six seasons with Dallas and is the club’s second all-time leader in combined goals and assists with 75. M Kellyn Acosta was a teammate of Barrios’ in Dallas for parts of four seasons from 2015 to 2018. Acosta played 117 games for FC Dallas, scoring nine goals and adding 12 assists, before being acquired by Colorado in July 2018. D Drew Moor, a Dallas native, played the first five seasons of his illustrious career with Dallas, scoring eight goals in 123 regular season appearances. 

IF IT AIN’T BROKE...

The Colorado Rapids return 96 percent of their minutes played from 2020, the most in MLS. All but two players that saw the pitch for Colorado in 2020 are back for another season in Burgundy. Additionally, of Colorado’s 32 goals scored last season, the Rapids return the goal-scorers for 27 of them (Colorado had two own goals in favor in 2020). Colorado scored 1.78 goals per game in 2020, the 6th- most in MLS. 

ROAD SUCCESS

Last season, Colorado won five games away from home, which was tied for the most in MLS. The Rapids picked up a 2-1 win on Opening Day against D.C. United at Audi Field before thrashing Real Salt Lake, 5-0, to reclaim the Rocky Mountain Cup on Sept. 12. Colorado earned a clean sheet in a 2-0 win at LA Galaxy, before victories at Portland Timbers and Houston Dynamo FC as part of a three-game winning streak to close out the regular season and clinch a playoff berth. Colorado’s 5-3-1 (W-L-D) road record was second-best in the Western Conference behind Sporting KC at 5-2-2. The Rapids are 7-4-3 on Opening Day since 2007.