Fire Vs. Rapids Preview: Colorado Looks To Bounce Back

COMMERCE CITY, CO - JANUARY 05: Oscar Pareja (C) new head coach of the Colorado Rapids poses for a photo with Paul Bravo (L) Technical Director of the Rapids and Tim Hinchey (R) President of the Rapids as Pareja was introduced as the new head coach of the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on January 5, 2012 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Rapids are looking to bounce back from a recent defeat against the Red Bulls.

After a brutal performance in their most recent game, the Colorado Rapids are hoping to bounce back in style while hosting the Chicago Fire on Sunday. Coming off a rough 4-1 defeat against the New York Red Bulls, a victory would bump Colorado's record to 3-0-1 on the season.

Stopping Chicago's Dominic Oduro and Marco Pappa will be key parts of Colorado's strategy for the game. Oduro scored a key goal in each of the Fire's first two games this season and Pappa has a track record of playing well against the Rapids dating back to previous seasons.

The Rapids won't have midfielder Pablo Mastroeni, though, as the veteran recovers from a head injury. It's expected that new Rapids midfielder Martin Rivero will make his MLS debut in his place.

For more, keep tabs on SB Nation Denver. For all things Rapids, check out Burgundy Wave, SB Nation's Colorado Rapids blog.

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