8 p.m. at Colorado Rapids • FSN/Fox Sports Go, 1500-AM
Loons aim to rebound
Preview: United’s first point in MLS came in a draw at Colorado last season. And after a disappointing end to the U.S. Open Cup this past Monday, the Loons (5-8-1) have a good chance at rebounding at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park against league-worst Colorado (2-9-3). But United hasn’t done well against bottom-dwelling teams this year. The San Jose Earthquakes’ only two victories this season are over the Loons.
Quotable: “It’s one of those that we look at and compare to San Jose, who, if we would have taken the two games from San Jose, we would be in a different perspective. ... So we have to go in there and get on the front foot early and make it difficult for them, and make them want to give up because once everything starts to go wrong, teams tend to give up that are in that position. So it’s somewhat of a must-win for us to go in there, manage the altitude and just put our stamp on the game.” – Loon forward Christian Ramirez.
Players to watch: Former United winger Sam Nicholson has started all seven games since the Loons traded him to Colorado on May 2. He notched one assist in the most recent game, a 2-2 draw with Chicago. Outside back Eric Miller, who formerly played for Colorado, likely will miss his return trip because of an injury.
Absences: For United, M Sam Cronin (concussion), D Francisco Calvo (national team duty), G Matt Lampson (knee), F Abu Danladi (undisclosed) and D Marc Burch (knee) are out while D Jerome Thiesson (groin) and Miller (hamstring) are questionable. For Colorado, D Kortne Ford (MCL) and D Axel Sjoberg (concussion) are out. F Yannick Boli is suspended.