May 18, 2018 / 9:09 PM / 9 months ago

Rapids trying to stem tide against NYCFC

The Colorado Rapids are trying to keep up their confidence during what’s been a difficult stretch. A win at New York City FC on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium would certainly help.

Since knocking defending MLS Cup champion Toronto FC, the Rapids have dropped four straight, including a 2-1 defeat to a New York Red Bulls squad that pummeled NYCFC 4-0 two weeks ago.

NYCFC bounced back from the drubbing at the hand of the rival Red Bulls to earn a 2-2 draw at Los Angeles FC on Sunday.

“The team is feeling good after a really good performance against L.A. away from home,” NYCFC coach Patrick Vieira told the team’s website. “We’re looking forward to finally playing at home — we’re looking forward to the game of course.”

Rapids coach Anthony Hudson says his team remains upbeat despite the rough run.

“We’re in a stretch here where we’re playing all the top teams in the league and is one of them,” Hudson told the team’s website. “They have class all over the pitch and they have good style.

“You would never know from the staff — from the players — you would never know we’re on the run we’re on,” he added.

While the Rapids have struggled recently, Vieira says he’s expecting a tough test on Saturday.

“It’s a team who is really well organized,” he said. “A team that makes it difficult to create chances, so we must respect the game, to move the ball quickly from one side to another and, most importantly, to play together as a team.”

The Rapids have never defeated NYCFC, including a 5-1 loss at Yankee Stadium last July.

NYCFC (6-2-3) is unbeaten at Yankee Stadium this season, winning all four matches on their home pitch.

Colorado (2-5-2), which has dropped into a tie for last on the Western Conference table, will be looking for its first road win of the season.

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