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If Thursday's match between Colorado and New York is anything like past five seasons, expect a lot of goals

If Thursday's match against the New York Red Bulls is anything like the last nine meetings between the two clubs, there will be a lot of goals scored.

The two teams have met 36 times in the regular season since the inaugural 1996 season, and the series is about as close as it can get.

The Colorado Rapids are 16-15-5 all-time against New York (called the MetroStars until 2006). At home, the Rapids are 9-6-3, while NY is 9-7-2 when they host. Colorado has scored 55 goals and NY has scored 57.

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And this check out: in 15 of the 36 games, the teams have combined to scored at least four goals. In eight of those 15 games, they've scored five or more goals, capped by a 5-4 Rapids win in 2008.

While there were a handful of high-scoring games during the first 12 seasons, the matchups since 2008 have been goal-fests. Over the past five seasons, the two sides have combined to score four or more goals in 8 of the 9 games - with Colorado scoring four goals in four of the meetings.

The match on July 4, 2013 will be the fifth meeting between Colorado and NY on Independence Day. The Rapids are 3-0-1 against NYRB on July 4. Thursday's match, part of 4thFest Colorado, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. MT (Buy Tickets) and will once again be followed by one of the largest fireworks shows in Colorado.

Colorado Rapids vs New York Red Bulls since 2008 (From the Elias Sports Bureau):

07/04/2008   COL 4 vs NY 0  W                Dick's Sporting Goods Park
09/27/2008   COL 5 at NY 4  W                Giants Stadium

05/30/2009   COL 3 at NY 2  W                Giants Stadium
07/25/2009   COL 4 vs NY 0  W                Dick's Sporting Goods Park

07/04/2010   COL 1 vs NY 1  T                Dick's Sporting Goods Park
09/11/2010   COL 1 at NY 3  L                Red Bull Arena

05/25/2011   COL 2 at NY 2  T                Red Bull Arena
07/20/2011   COL 4 vs NY 1  W                Dick's Sporting Goods Park

03/25/2012   COL 1 at NY 4  L                Red Bull Arena