Match Preview: Sporting and Colorado set for pivotal Saturday showdown


Sporting’s strong and balanced attack has attracted attention year round, with Daniel Salloi (12 goals, six assists), Alan Pulido (eight goals, three assists), Johnny Russell (three goals, five assists) and Gadi Kinda (four goals, three assists). Assists) that contribute to the second best offense in the league.

Across the field of the pitch, Sporting have put in a number of strong defensive performances over the past few weeks. Goalkeeper Tim Melia has been absent in three of his last four appearances, while center-backs Andreu Fontas and Ilie Sanchez have established a chain of defense with dynamic full-backs Graham Zusi and Luis Martins. Sporting’s 21 allowed goals are the third highest in the Western Conference and Melias 0.88 average goals is the third highest in the MLS.

The Rapids, meanwhile, are in the middle of an outstanding season with Fraser at the helm. The head coach has a regular season record of 24-12-8 since taking office in August 2019 and brought Colorado back to the playoffs for the first time four years last fall. Colorado is 4-0-1 in their last five games and 6-1-3 in their last 10 and has the second highest points in the MLS since early July. Perhaps more notably, the Rapids have won three straight road games for the first time since 2000.


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