Santa Clara, CA (Sports Network) - After a slow start, the Colorado Rapids
appear to have righted the ship and will go for their third straight victory
on Saturday against the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium.
Colorado struggled through the first month of the season, going 0-3-2 through
their first five matches this campaign. But a 1-0 win over Real Salt Lake on
April 6 gave the Rapids their first victory and they have won four of their
last six matches to rise to fourth place in the Western Conference with 15
Last time out, the Rapids earned a hard-fought 2-0 victory against the
Columbus Crew at Crew Stadium. The visitors opened the scoring after just
eight minutes when Edson Buddle took a lay-off pass from Atiba Harris, brought
the ball down in the middle of the area and fired it past goalkeeper Andy
Colorado hit for a second in the 69th minute resulting from a free kick in the
right corner as the restart pinged out to the top of the box, where Dillon
Powers struck the ball low and hard back toward goal which took a dramatic
ricochet off defender Josh Williams that left Gruenebaum wrong footed for the
"The boys were very disciplined. We were very concentrated on the job.
Defensively was a huge performance. Solid. I saw the team growing a lot," said
Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja. "Now we managed the game very well. We took
advantage of the opportunities we had. And we played against a good team as
well. So everything came well for us."
San Jose, meanwhile, is coming off a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the Seattle
Sounders, their worst defeat since falling to Real Salt Lake by the same score
on July 23, 2011.
While the 'Quakes lost for just the first time since a 1-0 setback against the
Portland Timbers on April 14, they also have won just once in their last eight
It's been a far cry from last year's version of the Quakes, but goalkeeper Jon
Busch believes that a little adversity is good for the team.
"To be honest, this is a good test for us. Adversity is a great thing. You
find out the strength of a man through adversity, not when things are good,
when things are tough. And that's where we are right now. We're going to be
fine. We've just got to tighten some things up."
In 51 all-time meetings between the sides, San Jose has claimed 24 wins,
Colorado has 18 and the clubs have drawn nine times. Last season, San Jose won
all three meetings, including a 4-1 triumph at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on
Oct. 6. The visiting team has also won three of the last five matches in this
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