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  • September 14, 2013
  • • 9:50 PM
  • • Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado
  • Referee: R. Salazar
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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - FC Dallas

MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - FC Dallas

George Frey

Crucial positioning on the fringes of the Western Conference playoff field is at stake Saturday in the Rocky Mountains.

Considering the tightness of the Western Conference playoff picture, every contest from here on out can be classified as crucial for any fringe team. But Saturday's meeting between the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas is particularly critical.

Colorado (11-8-9) sits in fourth in the West, just two points up on sixth-place Dallas (10-7-10), which has a game in hand. And both sides are coming off big conference wins last weekend — Colorado over LA, Dallas over Vancouver.

Dallas, which gets goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and striker Blas Perez (10 goals) back from international duty, also could have right back Zach Loyd (ACL sprain) available, though homegrown player Kellyn Acosta has performed admirably in his place.

Colorado, on the other hand, will get a Panamanian striker of its own back from World Cup qualifying as Gabriel Torres again enters the fold. The forward through two matches is still looking for his first MLS goal.

Keep an eye on central midfield, as Colorado's likely pair of Hendry Thomas and the returning Nathan Sturgis (glute) faces a fluctuating Dallas duo — most recently Andrew Jacobson and Erick. Whichever pairing wins the battle will be influential in deciding which playmaker gets more time on the ball: Dallas' David Ferreira or Colorado's Dillon Powers.

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Available Squads
1Clinton IrwinGoalkeeper
3Drew MoorDefender
15Chris KluteDefender
22Marvell WynneDefender
-Shane O'NeillDefender
8Dillon PowersMidfielder
20H. ThomasMidfielder
23Atiba HarrisStriker
-Nathan SturgisDefender
7V. SánchezStriker
9Edson BuddleStriker
-Matt PickensGoalkeeper
-G. MeraDefender
-Anthony WallaceMidfielder
5Martín RiveroMidfielder
-J. CastrillónMidfielder
26Deshorn BrownStriker
30Gabriel TorresStriker
1R. FernándezGoalkeeper
5Jair BenítezDefender
11JacksonDefender
14George JohnDefender
24Matt HedgesDefender
4Andrew JacobsonMidfielder
-D. FerreiraMidfielder
-ErickMidfielder
27Jevaughn WatsonMidfielder
23Kellyn AcostaMidfielder
11Fabian Andrés CastilloStriker
18Chris SeitzGoalkeeper
25Walker ZimmermanDefender
16MichelDefender
10M. DiazMidfielder
8Peter LuccinMidfielder
7B. PérezStriker
33Kenny CooperStriker

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