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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - San Jose Earthquakes

MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - San Jose Earthquakes

Anne-Marie Sorvin

Second place in the West meets the conference's bottom team as San Jose visits Colorado.

The Colorado Rapids are flying high with 10 points in their first five games of the season and will get the chance to extend that solid start with a match against a San Jose team still searching for its first win of the season. 

Back-to-back road wins have the Rapids sitting second in the Western Conference, but with a trip to Seattle and a home match against the LA Galaxy on the horizon, the club will see a match against a struggling Earthquakes team as a chance to solidify its position before the road gets rougher.

For San Jose, three matches at home in the team's first four games did little in the way of helping the club to a good start. Draws with Columbus and Real Salt Lake surrounded losses to Sporting Kansas City and New England, leaving the club with just two points and at the bottom of the table.

Chris Wondolowski's three goals so far in 2014 have been the biggest bright spot for the Earthquakes, who will need their star striker to continue his good run of form if results are to turn around. 

For the Rapids, the key to the season has been converting from the penalty spot. The club's first five goals this season came from spot kicks, with Edson Buddle's bundled finish against Toronto last week and two world-class strikes from José Mari against Vancouver the only goals scored by the club from open play.

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1Clinton IrwinGoalkeeper
3Drew MoorDefender
15Chris KluteDefender
-Shane O'NeillDefender
33Jared WattsMidfielder
2Nick LaBroccaMidfielder
8Dillon PowersMidfielder
7V. SánchezStriker
9Edson BuddleStriker
26Deshorn BrownStriker
-John BernerGoalkeeper
22Marvell WynneDefender
17Dillon Paul SernaDefender
-Nathan SturgisDefender
-Marlon HairstonMidfielder
30Gabriel TorresStriker
19C. EloundouStriker
18Jon BuschGoalkeeper
2Ty HardenDefender
5V. BernárdezDefender
44C. GoodsonDefender
77Andreas GörlitzDefender
4Sam CroninMidfielder
15JJ KovalMidfielder
23Atiba HarrisStriker
6Shea SalinasMidfielder
8Chris WondolowskiStriker
24Alan GordonStriker
13Brian MeredithGoalkeeper
9Khari StephensonMidfielder
80Jean-Baptiste PierazziMidfielder
7Cordell CatoStriker
10Yannick DjalóStriker
14Adam JahnStriker
32Billy SchulerStriker

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