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Rapids Vs. Union Preview: Colorado Aims For 2nd Win

The Colorado Rapids can get off to a hot start in 2012 with a victory over the Philadelphia Union.

March 10, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids forward Andrew Akpan (19) controls the ball during the second half against the Columbus Crew at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE
March 10, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rapids forward Andrew Akpan (19) controls the ball during the second half against the Columbus Crew at the Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-US PRESSWIRE

After an impressive debut under new coach Oscar Pareja, the Colorado Rapids head to the East coast looking for their second victory of this young MLS season. They'll face a Philadelphia Union team that was beaten soundly by the Portland Timbers in their opening match and who have yet to beat the Rapids in four meetings since joining the MLS in 2010.

The Union's defense was shaky in its opening match up— Ben Feldman of Brotherly Game thinks the Timbers could've scored five or six goals— and rookie goalie Zac MacMath had brutal blunder that allowed Portland to score the game's opening goal. The Union will also be without Freddy Adu, who is attending to qualifying duties with the U.S. U-23 team this weekend.

Game date/time: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 2:00 p.m. MT

Location: PPL Park, Chester, Penn.

TV: NBC Sports Network

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