Colorado: Despite only taking one win from three matches, the Colorado attack are in good form and should cause a shaky Toronto back line some troubles. Omar Cummings has notched two goals so far this season and would be good money to add to that in this match.
Toronto: Paired with fellow Canadian international teammate Nana Attakora, the debuting Adrian Cann's formidable size and range brought a new dimension to the Reds' central defence and the pair's confident presence was felt the team over. Dwayne De Rosario was once again Toronto's offensive catalyst, potting 2 goals in the victory, but kudos were also in order for Julian de Guzman, as the Reds' DP took a more a assertive role in the club's attack.
Colorado: Besides Cummings and Conor Casey, the Rapids really haven’t done much offensively this season and have looked rather weak all the way across the pitch. They played a solid match in their home opener against Chicago but didn’t do enough to secure the victory over the struggling Eastern conference side. Losing their last match against Kansas City and getting shut out in the process, the team only registered five shots on net the entire match. That’ll need to change, and probably will against Toronto.
Toronto: Though considerably better on the defensive front, some of the excitement over it for the Reds can be tempered by the fact that Philadelphia was on 10-men for almost an hour. On top of that, the plucky Union were able to score while down a man, taking advantage of a quick mental mistake from right back Maxim Usanov. If TFC intends to prolong their winning ways, they must continue to cut down on the lapses in judgment that have haunted them thus far in their young campaign.
Colorado: Keep working the ball up to the two big forwards as Toronto’s defense is known to be a bit disjointed. A patchwork job by Preki, they were exposed on a few occasions against the Philadelphia Union on Thursday and with players like Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni moving the ball around, they should be able to put pressure in all the right places.
Toronto: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" will be Preki's motto for the match with the Rapids. The starting XI employed on Thursday night by TFC proved effective against Philadelphia, so the same group will likely be given the opportunity to earn their keep versus the Rapids. That greater commitment to defence shown versus the Union must once again be present against a Rapids side with talented attacking options like Omar Cummings and the bullish Conor Casey.
Colorado: The teams swapped talented players just before the start of the season, namely Marvell Wynne and Nick LaBrocca. The two will faceoff against each other in this one and Wynne, the now Rapids players, seems to have more to prove. Deemed not good enough for Preki’s already unstable defense, Wynne will want to show his old boss how far he’s come and shutting down LaBrocca will help with that.
Toronto: Obviously, it's still very early in the season, but this encounter with the former Red Marvell Wynne and the Rapids at a noisy Dick's Sporting Goods Arena could prove to be a pivotal one, as TFC looks to build on the win from Thursday night. Getting on a streak of good results would bode well going foward in what very well might be a tight Eastern Conference. A poor effort, however, no matter the circumstances, will once again bring up the lingering concerns about this club that have been dissuaded, at least for the time being, by Thursday night's victory.
Colorado: TFC may have won on Thursday, but they looked weak and if Philly weren’t down to 10-men for nearly an hour, things may have been different. Colorado at home on a short week will be much more difficult as the Rapids prevail 2-1.
Toronto: Going into Commerce City is never an easy ask, but TFC's ameliorated form should result in their first road point of the season after being shut out in their first two. Look for the Rapids and Reds to share the point and a 2-2 final.For more on Major League Soccer, visit Goal.com's MLS page!