Major League Soccer

Rapids-Dynamo Preview

Colorado Rapids head coach Robin Fraser wants his side to keep improving as they eye the top spot in the Western Conference as they prepare to visit Houston Dynamo.

The Rapids still have a shot at first place in the Western Conference, though their top-spot hopes took a hit with a 1-0 loss against the New England Revolution on Wednesday.

The Burgundy Boys, however, remain three points behind the Seattle Sounders and Sporting Kansas City and Fraser implored his side to keep chasing the leading pack.

"For us it's very much about improving and working on the very small details that are going to make a very big difference as we go down the line," Fraser said.

"We have things we want to work at, things we want to improve at and things we want to get sharper in. But by the same token, we want to pick up points.

"We want to give ourselves a chance to move into the one or two spot in the West. That's never lost.

"That is certainly part of the two-fold goal of this weekend, is to gain points and to continue to improve."

The Dynamo have won just one of their last six games in an underwhelming campaign, most recently going down 2-1 to Austin FC but head coach Tab Ramos claimed performances have not been as bad as results suggest.

"Overall, the performances have not been that bad. The game could have gone either way (against Austin)," Ramos said.

"The goal came against the flow of play coming into half-time, we had most of the ball in the second half as well but we've got to move on.

"We've tried a number of different things now, with younger players included in different positions, too and I thought they've done well in environments with little bits of pressure."

Houston Dynamo - Marko Maric

Marko Maric stopped six of the eight shots that he faced last Sunday versus Austin and the Dynamo will need their goalkeeper to be in form again.

Colorado Rapids - Jack Price

Captain Jack Price, who assisted Lalas Abubakar's header in Houston, is tied for third in MLS with 12 assists this year and leads the league with eight helpers off set-pieces.

- The Rapids have won three straight matches against Houston in MLS play for the first time, including winning both contests this season. The Dynamo have managed just three wins in their last 23 meetings with the Rapids (D8 L12) dating back to August 2009.

- After recording three wins in its first seven games, the Dynamo have just three wins in its last 25 matches this season (D10 L12). Since the beginning of that run on May 29, only FC Cincinnati (16) has collected fewer points than the Dynamo (19).

- Colorado has lost three of its last four on the road, including two straight, following a six-match unbeaten run on its travels (W4 D2). The Rapids haven't lost three consecutive away matches since a five-match run in March-April 2019.

- The Dynamo have scored an own goal in each of their last two matches after putting the ball in their own net just once in their first 30 games this season. Houston is the second team to score an own goal in two straight matches this season after Orlando did so in early September.

- Both Michael Barrios and Diego Rubio have scored six times against the Dynamo in their MLS careers. Five of Barrios' six goals came with FC Dallas while Rubio has scored against Houston in each of the last four seasons, including this one.

Updated October 30, 2021

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