While Minnesota United FC look to rebound after their season-best unbeaten run came to an end, the Colorado Rapids aim to continue their winning ways.
United can get back on track by keeping the visiting Rapids from winning a season-high third straight match on Wednesday night at Saint Paul, Minn.
Minnesota's 5-0-2 MLS stretch ended with Saturday's 5-3 loss at FC Dallas. Ethan Finlay, whose late penalty kick gave United a 1-0 win over Portland in its previous contest, scored twice in the first half and Hassani Dotson leveled the match at 3-3 in the 73rd minute. However, a Brandon Servania brace beginning in the 85th minute sent the visitors home without a point.
"I think the group let themselves down a little bit, because we are better than what we showed," coach Adrian Heath told Minnesota's official website.
With two games this week, Heath had opted to rest or limit the action of some key contributors last weekend. Talented young forward Mason Toye (four goals, three assists) will not be available for Minnesota (11-8-5, 38 points) after he picked up a late red card Saturday for reportedly spitting on Dallas defender Reggie Cannon.
"Certainly, I won't condone that type of behavior," Heath told the official website of MLS.
Prior to last weekend, Minnesota's most recent defeat was a 1-0 loss at Colorado (7-12-5, 26 points) on June 8. Kei Kamara's goal in the 29th minute was all the Rapids needed to prevail in that contest.
After routing Montreal 6-3 on Aug. 3, Colorado got a 73rd-minute, go-ahead goal from Diego Rubio, who also had an assist, to cool off San Jose for a 2-1 win on Saturday. Both wins came at home, but the Rapids now play four consecutive matches on the road, where they are just 1-6-3.
"(It was) a great win (over San Jose), but now we have four games away," Rubio, who has a goal in three straight games, told the Rapids' official website. "It's about a team effort. ... We're playing better and we're winning games."
Rubio also has a goal in two matches last season versus Minnesota, which has dropped three in a row to Colorado. Minnesota is 7-1-4 at home this season, and currently amid a 4-0-1 stretch there.