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August 17, 2013 9:30 PM EDT
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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Vancouver Whitecaps

The battle for positioning in the Western Conference playoff places continues with this clash between the second- and third-place teams.

By Avi Creditor

Camilo Sanvezzo - Vancouver Whitecaps
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Colorado Rapids (4-2-3-1): Irwin; Wynne, Moor, O'Neill, Klute; Sturgis, Thomas; Rivero, Powers, Castrillon; Brown.


OUT: Diego Calderon (R knee surgery), Edson Buddle (L hamstring strain)

QUESTIONABLE: Kory Kindle (L ankle sprain), Martin Rivero (L quad strain), Atiba Harris (R quad strain)

Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Ousted; Lee, Mitchell, Leveron, Harvey; Koffie, Reo-Coker, Kobayashi; Teibert, Camilo, Miller.


OUT: Omar Salgado (R foot fracture), Brad Rusin (R ankle sprain)

QUESTIONABLE: Jay DeMerit (L torn Achilles tendon), Kenny Miller (R adductor tightness), Andy OʼBrien (R hamstring strain), Darren Mattocks (R knee surgery)
  • The Rapids are on an eight-game unbeaten run, with their last loss coming against the Portland Timbers on June 23.
  • This is the first meeting between the Western Conference contenders. In a scheduling quirk, they will face each other in the final two games of the regular season.
  • Currently, these teams are second and third in the West, with Vancouver having 36 points through 23 games, and Colorado having 36 points through 25 games. Both trail first-place Real Salt Lake by five points.
  • The Rapids could see the debut of new DP striker Gabriel Torres, whose paperwork has been received making him eligible to play. Fellow new forward Vicente Sanchez made his debut in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Chivas USA -- a match that saw the Rapids end with a 10-9 man advantage.
  • Rapids midfielder Hendry Thomas is eligible to return after serving a suspension. Tony Cascio, however, is suspended after picking up a red card against Chivas USA.
  • Vancouver striker Kenny Miller scored a goal for Scotland against England in Wednesday's international friendly.
  • With his goal against San Jose last week, Vancouver forward Camilo tied Chicago's Mike Magee for the league lead at 14.
  • Whitecaps forward and Jamaican international Darren Mattocks is in contention to play for the first time in a month after returning to full training following a knee injury. He has played a total of 31 minutes for the Whitecaps since May 18.

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Last Five Matches
Team News
Available Squads
1Clinton IrwinGoalkeeper
15Chris KluteDefender
3Drew MoorDefender
22Marvell WynneDefender
-Shane O'NeillDefender
8Dillon PowersMidfielder
24Nathan SturgisDefender
20H. ThomasMidfielder
30Gabriel TorresStriker
7V. SánchezStriker
26Deshorn BrownStriker
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
-G. MeraDefender
2Nick LaBroccaMidfielder
-Anthony WallaceMidfielder
-Martín RiveroMidfielder
-J. CastrillónMidfielder
9Edson BuddleStriker
1David OustedGoalkeeper
2Jordan HarveyDefender
12Young-Pyo LeeDefender
16J. LeverónDefender
-Carlyle MitchellDefender
20Nigel Reo-CokerMidfielder
16Daigo KobayashiMidfielder
28Gershon KoffieMidfielder
31Russell TeibertMidfielder
37Camilo Da Silva SanvezzoStriker
9Kenny MillerStriker
18Brad KnightonGoalkeeper
40Andy O'BrienDefender
29Matthew WatsonMidfielder
-Jun DavidsonMidfielder
11Darren MattocksStriker
19Erik HurtadoStriker
-Tom HeinemannStriker
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
E. Torres E. Torres
Chivas USA
6 3
Clint Dempsey Clint Dempsey
Seattle Sounders
6 1
V. Sánchez V. Sánchez
4 3
Federico Higuaín Federico Higuaín
Columbus Crew
4 2
Dominic Dwyer Dominic Dwyer
Sporting KC
4 1