D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids | Preview | July 28, 2018

D.C. United vs Colorado Rapids
2018 MLS Regular Season — Week 22

Audi Field — Washington
July 28 - 6 PM MT

After suffering their first loss at Audi Field — to the Atlantic Cup rival New York Red Bulls no less — D.C. United are looking to rebound Saturday night against a Colorado Rapids squad that has just one win away from DICK'S Sporting Goods Park this season.

The Rapids come to the nation’s capital with back-to-back draws, including rallying for a 2-2 draw against Rocky Mountain Cup rival Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium last Saturday.

D.C. United

D.C. United (3-9-5) fell in a hole just two minutes after a kickoff that was delayed nearly an hour because of inclement weather and could never recover in a 1-0 loss to the Red Bulls Wednesday night at Audi Field.

After Bradley Wright-Phillips scored his 100th career MLS regular season goal, Paul Arriola appeared to equalize later in the first half, but his goal was called back following Video Review for offside.

“We have been efficient with our chances and created plenty of looks on goal… that is the most important thing,” Ben Olsen said. “Building off the second half can be a positive, but only if we learn from the first half and learn how to get out of our comfort zone and have a tougher mentality. We were unfortunate to not at least get a point out of tonight."

  • Suspended: M - Paul Arriola
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Chris Durkin
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report:OUT: D - Taylor Kemp (labrum surgery), D - Nick DeLeon (knee injury); PROBABLE: D - Chris Odoi-Atsem (compartment release surgery), M - Ulises Segura (knee injury)

Colorado Rapids

Colorado (4-11-5) are getting their results in twos. After two wins, followed by two losses, the Rapids had back-to-back draws, including a 2-2 Rocky Mountain Cup stalemate last Saturday at Real Salt Lake.

After Damir Kreilach and Joao Plata staked the host to a 2-0 lead inside the first 20 minutes, Jack McBean pulled the Rapids to within a goal in the 33rd minute — which came after the match was delayed 45 minutes because of inclement weather in the 24th minute — and Dillon Serna netted the dramatic equalizer two minutes from full time.

On Tuesday, the Rapids played Boca Juniors to a 2-2 draw and won the Western Union Cup 5-4 on penalties. Yannick Boli and Enzo Martinez scored for Colorado and Kellyn Acosta made his debut after arriving in a trade that sent Dominique Badji to FC Dallas.

  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: M - Johan Blomberg
  • International duty: None
  • Injury Report: QUESTIONABLE: F - Giles Barnes (ankle sprain); PROBABLE: M - Shkëlzen Gashi (Achilles soreness), M - Marlon Hairston (Achilles tightness), F - Jack McBean (Achilles tightness), M - Sam Nicholson (foot injury), M - Jack Price (groin injury)

All-Time Series

  • Overall: D.C. United 19 wins, 68 goals … Colorado Rapids 13 wins, 52 goals … 10 draws
  • At D.C.: D.C. United 12 wins, 43 goals … Rapids 3 wins, 19 goals … 6 draws
  • Last meeting at D.C.: D.C. United 1, Colorado Rapids 1 (March 20, 2016)

Officials

Referee: Ramy Touchan
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Craig Lowry
4th Official: Robert Sibiga
VAR: Alan Kelly

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