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The Rapids and the Whitecaps sit at the bottom of the Western Conference.
This Friday night matchup is vital for the Rapids as they have the opportunity for their first win at home.
What: Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Where: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
When: Friday, May 3 @ 9 PM EST
How: MLS Live on ESPN+, Altitude
Head Coach: Marc Dos Santos
Key Players: Doneil Henry, Victor Giro, Maxime Crépeau
Standings: 1-5-3 (11th in Western Conference)
Vancouver is eager for an away victory as mostly draws and losses have plagued their club.
Without a standout scorer, it will be up to their defenders to keep Colorado at bay.
Throughout this season, the Whitecaps have scored a mere 7 goals and have allowed 12.
The opposing Rapids are by no means a high octane offense, so if scoring leaders like Doneil Henry find the back of the net, they have a stronger chance at a victory.
Overall, the money line sways away from the Whitecaps likely because they are the visiting club.
While they have one more win than the Rapids, the lackluster offense diminishes their chances at edging the home team.
Head Coach: Anthony Hudson
Key Players: Kei Kamara, Benny Feilhaber, Tim Howard
Standings: 0-7-2 (12th in Western Conference)
The Rapids are due for a win, after competing nine times without positive results.
Forward Kei Kamara gives them the best chance to win as he boasts 5 goals on the season.
However, defensive woes should give bettors stress for this favored Rapids squad.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard has a league-high 24 goals allowed and 0 shutout games.
The poor Whitecaps offense has a chance to up-end the unimpressive Rapids defense.
With home-field advantage and scorers like Kei Kamara and Benny Feilhaber, the Rapids can seize their first victory.
Despite an unimpressive trend of losses and defensive shortcomings for the Rapids, they are the favorites for this primetime matchup.
Unlike Vancouver, the Rapids have offensive producers and a chance to walk away with a win at home.
The Whitecaps have to prove they can compete amidst a challenging Western Conference. We will see who takes the edge this Friday evening.
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