The Colorado Rapids aim to continue their home success against San Jose when the Earthquakes visit Commerce Park, Colo., on Saturday night.
Colorado has won five straight home matches against San Jose and is unbeaten in the last nine such meetings. The Earthquakes last won in Colorado in June 2013.
The Rapids (6-3-2, 20 points) aren’t just good at home against San Jose; they typically thrive in the high altitude against teams that need an in-game adjustment to playing at more than 5,000 feet.
In fact, Colorado has scored at least one goal in 30 consecutive home matches, the longest active streak in the league. Only six teams in MLS history have put together a longer streak.
As for the Earthquakes (3-7-2, 11 points), they are 0-6-2 over their last eight matches and have been blanked in five of the games.
But Rapids coach Robin Fraser doesn’t view San Jose as an easy foe.
“Certainly expect this to be another very difficult game,” Fraser told reporters. “San Jose is a team that’s difficult to play against and they disrupt the way teams play quite a bit. They have a number of very talented players, especially up front. We know that we need to be at our best, for sure.”
The Earthquakes have a budding star in 17-year-old Cade Cowell, who has a team-leading four goals and is tied for the team assists lead of three with fellow midfielder Cristian Espinoza.
But midfielder Jackson Yueill (two goals) is away as he plays for the U.S. in the Gold Cup and not having the 24-year-old cornerstone is concerning for San Jose coach Matias Almeyda.
“He is an important player for us,” Almeyda said of Yueill. “… We don’t have another Jackson on our roster with similar traits. We have players with different traits, and we will see who can fill his role. On one hand, it makes me happy to see him represent his country, and on the other I want him to finish and play with us.”
Colorado will be without three players who are playing for the U.S. in forward Jonathan Lewis and defenders Kellyn Acosta and Sam Vines.
Forwards Michael Barrios and Diego Rubio share the Rapids’ lead with three goals.
–Field Level Media
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