The Seattle Sounders had planned for a bye this weekend, meaning they wouldn't be affected by 10 players being called into international duty.
But thanks to a late April snowstorm in the Rocky Mountains, the Sounders will travel to Colorado for a make-up game Saturday against the Rapids.
The Sounders (13-8-7, 46 points), who enter the weekend in second place in a tight Western Conference, will be without their top three goal-scorers in forwards Raul Ruidiaz (Peru) and Jordan Morris (USA) and midfielder Cristian Roldan (USA). Those three combined for all four goals in last weekend's 4-3 victory against the Los Angeles Galaxy. Roldan scored twice in that match, including the winner in the 89th minute.
"It's a fact of life," Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer said of the international call-ups. "They aren't here, so I need the next guy to step up and do his job to the best of his ability. That's what makes good teams."
The Sounders will also be without central defender Roman Torres, who is serving a 10-match suspension for violating MLS' substance-abuse policy.
The Rapids (8-14-6, 30 points) snapped a three-match winless streak with a 2-0 victory against the host New York Red Bulls last weekend in coach Robin Fraser's debut. Jonathan Lewis scored in each half and Tim Howard made three saves for the shutout.
"This is no possible way it could have gone better," Fraser said of his first game in charge of the team he used to play for. "The team really pulled together well."
The Rapids will be without their top two scorers, forwards Kei Kamara (Sierra Leone) and Diego Rubio (Chile), on Saturday because of international duty.
"Really excited for them to be able to represent their countries, less excited for us," Fraser said.
The Sounders have an 18-5-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Rapids, including 7-3-1 on the road. The teams met March 9 in Seattle, with Kelvin Leerdam and Ruidiaz scoring in the opening eight minutes to give the Sounders a 2-0 victory.
--Field Level Media