Colorado's unbeaten streak of six games was snapped on July 10th when the Rapids lost their fourth straight game in Canada against Toronto FC. They'll try and start a new one tonight at 7 p.m. MT against the Kansas City Wizards at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
The two teams have met twice so far this year, with the two games coming only three days apart. The third game of the season for the Rapids was a 1-0 defeat at Kansas City on April 10th while the Rapids were able to defeat the Wiz 2-1 off a pair of goals from Wells Thompson in a qualifying match for the US Open Cup on April 13th, although that match wound up meaning nothing as the Red Bulls kicked the Rapids out of the cup with a 3-0 win the next month.
Kansas City is not having a season to remember, firmly entrenched into the bottom half of the East and currently sitting in fifth place with a 4-8-3 record. They have the fourth worst goal differential in the league with a minus-seven. If the Rapids were planning on going on an offensive tear to help themselves out, the Wizards would be a nice target for it. If Wells Thompson can keep the form he had against them in Open Cup play going he might be due for his first goal of the MLS regular season as well.
Currently stuck in a three-way tie for third place in the West with San Jose and FC Dallas, a positive result here is pretty much required for the Rapids if they want to keep their status as contenders in 2010, especially considering two of their next three games are against the teams they're currently tied with. A win against the Wizards and another next week against a floundering Seattle team would go a long way toward putting the Rapids back into the championship conversation.