Invigorated Rapids head to Texas with momentum for match against new-look FC Dallas

Coming off a potentially season-changing win, the Colorado Rapids travel to Texas on Wednesday looking to build momentum against FC Dallas.

After a wild 5-0 victory over Real Salt Lake to take back the Rocky Mountain Cup for the first time since 2015, the Rapids are re-invigorated and unbeaten in their last four matches.

Colorado has several players in their best form of the season amid a stretch of eight games over 28 days, as it has strung together its best run of play since starting 2-0 back in March.

“I feel like the team is in a pretty good rhythm right now,” Rapids coach Robin Fraser said. “The relationships between the players on the field I think have been getting better and better and as a result of that we’ve seen the team just be more cohesive.”

Diego Rubio, Lalas Abubakar and Younes Namli were each named to MLS’ Team of the Week for their performances in Salt Lake City, while Cole Bassett and Sam Vines became the first two Colorado homegrowns to score in the same match.

“I think Sam is just growing in confidence,” Fraser said on the young left back. “He’s had some really good performances and some performances that have left him wanting to be a little bit better. He’s very dedicated to becoming as good as he can be and becoming a better player. So he’s really taken to heart a lot of the things that we’ve talked about that he can improve.”

Dallas has improved since when Wednesday night’s game was originally scheduled (Aug. 26). The match was protested by players to bring awareness to racial injustice and postponed.

The Toros have since added Andres Ricaurte, who made his first MLS start this past weekend. The Colombian midfielder scored his first goal stunningly on a volley from 20 yards out.

“They have a new and significant player so it doesn’t feel like necessarily the same preparation,” Fraser said. “Their attacking midfielder had one of the most spectacular debut goals in MLS in a long time. They’re a slightly different team and their right back has also changed.”

Dallas and Colorado are currently tied just below the cut line for the West’s final playoff spot. With 13 matches remaining before decision day, this one could have postseason ramifications.