Striker Dominique Badji is making his ninth start for the Rapids this season and leads the team with five goals in eight games. Earlier this season Badji scored his first-ever MLS hat trick against Philadelphia on March 21. He enters his fourth MLS season after being drafted by the Rapids in 2015.
Wingback Nana Boateng is back in the Rapids' Starting XI after recovering from a head injury that occurred on April 29 against Orlando City SC. This season Boateng has appeared in four games, three from the start, and has played a total of 273 minute.
Wingback Edgar Castillo appears in the Starting XI for a ninth time this season since joining the Rapids on loan from C.F. Monterrey back in January. Castillo leads all Rapids defenders with 482 total touches this season. Along with fellow defenders Tommy Smith and Deklan Wynne, Castillo has played every minute (720’) this season.
Wingback Kip Colvey makes his third start this season since being picked third overall in the 2017 MLS Waiver Draft on December 13, 2017. Colvey featured in four of six 2018 World Cup qualification games for New Zealand against Fiji, Solomon Islands and Peru in 2017. He has played a total of 129 minutes this season.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard, enters his third season in burgundy on the heels of a 2017 campaign that saw the United States men's national team legend feature in 25 games - all from the start. Howard is making his eight start with a combined 23 saves and two clean sheets this season.
Midfielder Enzo Martinez is making his eighth start in his first season with Colorado. Martinez has played a total of 597 minutes with 337 touches, one assist, and leads all Rapids midfielders with 91 duels.
Striker Joe Mason is set to make his fifth start of the season after coming off the bench at halftime last weekend against Sporting KC for Jack McBean. Mason has scored two goals this season, his first during his MLS debut against Sporting Kansas City and his second in the 1-1 tie against FC Dallas.
Midfielder Sam Nicholson is in the Starting XI again after making his debut with the Rapids last weekend against Sporting KC. He featured in all eight games for MNUFC, picking up a goal and an assist in 526 minutes this season before joining the Rapids.
Midfielder Jack Price will be making his ninth consecutive start at the center of the field for the Rapids. Price leads the team with 556 touches and 423 attempted passes. He scored his first MLS goal on April 14 against Toronto FC.
Defender Tommy Smith is in the Starting XI for the ninth time this season. Smith has played every minute (720’) this season. Additionally, he has two assists, eight shots and 368 total touches.
Defender Danny Wilson is making his fifth start of the season against New York Red Bulls. The Livingston, Scotland native has played 405 minutes with 208 touches and a passing accuracy of 76.7 percent.
Defender Deklan Wynne will make his ninth-consecutive Major League Soccer start after joining the Rapids from Vancouver Whitecaps on December 21, 2017. He is second on the Rapids defenders list with 425 touches and leads all Rapids defenders with 324 attempted passes.
On the Bench:
Midfielder Micheal Azira, who came on as a substitute for an injured Nana Boateng against Orlando City SC in the 71st minute, enters his third season with the club, and his fifth in Major League Soccer. In 2017, he finished with a career high in minutes for a single season with 2,569. The Ugandan international featured in two of three games for his country at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Striker Yannick Boli came on in the 67th minute for the Rapids last weekend against Sporting KC and appears in the Rapids' 18 for the fifth time since his arrival from China back in March. The Saint-Maur-des-Fossés, France native enters his first season with the Rapids after accumulating 16 goals in 24 games and winning the China League One with his former club Dàlián Yīfāng. Boli is eligible to play internationally for both France and Ivory Coast.
Midfielder Shkëlzen Gashi, who scored a penalty kick in the 2-0 victory over Toronto FC, is back in the Rapids' 18 for after missing last weekend’s game against Sporting KC due to injury. The Zürich, Switzerland native notched 17 appearances, two goals and one assist in 2017.
Goalkeeper Zac MacMath appears on the bench this week after getting his first start of the season two weeks ago against Orlando City SC. He enters his fourth season in Colorado with 158 minutes played and nine saves.
Striker Jack McBean is on the bench this week for the Rapids. McBean enters his eighth MLS season - first with the Rapids - after being acquired from the LA Galaxy on December 14, 2017. He’s played a total of 207 minutes for the Rapids this season and has seven shots.
Midfielder Dillon Serna came off the bench last weekend against Sporting KC in the 79th minute for Kip Colvey. The Homegrown product from Brighton, Colorado enters his sixth season with the club. Serna has made 76 appearances for the Rapids, scoring eight goals in 3,683 minutes.
Defender Axel Sjöberg has been solid for the Rapids this season. Sjöberg is entering his fourth season with the club after being selected 13th overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft. He has made 68 appearances for the club, scoring three goals.