The Rapids look to secure their position in a congested Western Conference with a win over the Crew.The Colorado Rapids may find themselves in second place in the Western Conference, but just five points separate Pablo Mastroeni's squad from sitting outside of the playoff picture.
With such congestion in the West, the Rapids (7-5-4) will be particularly eager to secure the full three points when they host the Columbus Crew (4-5-7) on Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park (9:30 p.m. ET, MLS Live).
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The Rapids came out of the World Cup break with a 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps last weekend. The Crew, meanwhile, are coming off three straight draws — including back-to-back scoreless affairs against D.C. United and FC Dallas.
Colorado will be without midfielder Jose Mari (ankle) and forward Edson Buddle (groin). Columbus is still missing center back Gioncarlo Gonzalez and left back Waylon Francis who are with Costa Rica's World Cup squad.