After a difficult two-game road stint which featured a hard to watch 1-1 draw in Philadelphia and a 3-1 loss in Columbus that was even harder to watch, the Rapids finally get to come home, where they had their last win, against San Jose. The Rapids have only lost one game so far this season at home, a 1-0 dropped game to the Galaxy way back in early May. Other than that game the Rapids are 4-0-4 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, most recently defeating the San Jose Earthquakes 1-0 in what was one of the most impressive games of the year from the Rapids.
The Dynamo met the Rapids last in June, a 2-2 draw in Houston. That was the last time that the Rapids managed to score more than a single goal in a game. Conor Casey scored along with a Lovel Palmer own goal to give the Rapids a "come from behind" draw in that game.
A win tonight will shoot the Rapids ahead of Seattle and San Jose in the standings, assuming both of them lose or tie tonight against Chicago and New York, respectively. Colorado is in sixth place right now, and would be in the final playoff spot were the playoffs to start today. The Dynamo are the closest to them in the standings, currently five points behind.
The Dynamo haven't won two games in a row since June of 2009, so at least the Rapids have the meaningless statistics department on their side. They won their previous league game 4-3 against Chicago.