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Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo | 2020 MLS Match Preview

2020 MLS Regular Season Week 11
Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo
Dick's Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City
September 9 – 9:00 PM ET

STREAMING: MLS LIVE on ESPN+ in US, on DAZN in Canada

LOCAL TV: Altitude, QuestTEXAS Ch. 55

After back-to-back draws the Colorado Rapids are seeking their first regular season win since Week 2, but they'll have to cool off the red-hot Houston Dynamo, who take a three-game winning streak to Dick's Sporting Goods Park Wednesday night. 

The Rapids (2W-3L-3D) rallied to earn a 1-1 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes, which came on the heels of another 1-all stalemate against Sporting KC, while the Dynamo (3W-2L-4D) extended an unbeaten streak to five matches following a 2-1 win over SKC on the weekend. 

Colorado have won eight of the 16 all-time home contests in this series, but Houston enjoyed a 4-1 victory in their last trip to Commerce City last March with Alberth Elis playing a part in all four goals, two of which resulted in own goals.

Colorado Rapids

Need a big goal in a key spot? More often than not over the course of a long, stellar career, Kei Kamara has delivered. That was true Saturday night when the ageless Kamara struck for the late equalizer after the league's all-time goals leader, Chris Wondolowski, put the Quakes in front from the penalty spot earlier in the second half. 

It was Kamara's 129th MLS regular season goal, placing him fifth on the all-time scoring charts.

"I think with Kei you have to start with genetics," Rapids coach Robin Fraser said of the 36-year-old striker. "He's obviously physically gifted. At his age, he's as strong as can be. He's still fast, good timing, good jumper. He's definitely blessed with good genes. And he takes very good care of himself. On top of that, he's become a student of the game as he's gone through it for so long. So, if you're an intelligent player and you take care of yourself, and you have good genes, you can have a long career.

"I think he still has plenty to give."

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Kortne Ford (D) - knee injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Houston Dynamo

It feels like whoever Tab Ramos calls on, especially in the attacking third, they deliver for the first-year coach. It's been Christian Ramirez, Ariel Lassiter and Niko Hansen filling in for injured stars and on Saturday night, it was the usual suspects who delivered the goods as Elis and Mauro Manotas struck for second half goals. 

"I obviously always get happy when our team scored, period. In particular, I like when the forwards score," Ramos said. "In Mauro’s case, I know how much it means for a center forward to score a goal, and how it carries the forward for games sometimes when they get a big goal. If you’re a defender or a midfielder and get a goal, you get excited and everything is fine, and it’s a good thing. When you’re a center forward and score a goal, it makes you better. It gives you confidence, and I’m happy that Mauro was the one who scored tonight.”   

Project Starting XI
  • Updated team roster
  • Injury Report:
    • OUT: Michael Salazar (F) - right knee injury
    • QUESTIONABLE: Mauro Manotas (F) - right thigh injury
  • Suspended: None
  • Suspended after next caution: None
  • International duty: None

Series Matchup at Rapids

  • Rapids: 8 wins, 20 goals
  • Dynamo: 4 wins, 14 goals
  • 4 draws

Officials

  • Referee: : Fotis Bazakos
  • Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel, Jason White
  • 4th Official: Ramy Touchan
  • VAR: Malik Badawi
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Current Form

Colorado
L
L
D
L
D
D
Houston
L
D
D
W
W
W

Season Stats

Colorado RapidsHouston Dynamo
8Games Played9
2Wins3
3Losses2
3Draws4
11Goals16
15Goals Conceded14
80Shots95
37Shots on Target47
92Fouls committed105
90Fouls suffered96
12Offside16
32Corners36

Goals Scored

01234+TotalAvg
COL33200111.4
HOU51111161.8
01234+Avg
COL121001.5
HOU111101.5
01234+Avg
COL211001.2
HOU400012

Goals Conceded

01234+TotalAvg
COL34001151.9
HOU52101141.6
01234+Avg
COL120012
HOU220000.5
01234+Avg
COL220001.8
HOU301012.4
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