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The Denver Post - - SPORTS - John Meyer, The Den­ver Post

Colorado could have its hands full with Tor­res, a striker who be­gins the sec­ond half of the sea­son with 11 goals, only two short of the Dy­namo’s sin­gle-sea­son record. A Mex­i­can, he has played for Chivas Guadala­jara, Chivas USA and Cruz Azul. He has a great burst with the abil­ity to find cracks in the de­fense and is a deadly ac­cu­rate fin­isher. He has played for the Mex­i­can na­tional team, and his pro­lific out­put this sea­son could bring him back into the side.

Dy­namo:

Cur­rently tied for sec­ond place in the Western Con­fer­ence with Port­land and FC Dal­las, Hous­ton fin­ished in last place in 2016, ex­actly the op­po­site of the Rapids this sea­son vs. last sea­son. … The Dy­namo is win­less on the road, though, and it will be without two of its most im­por­tant at­tack­ers as Al­berth Elis and Romell Quioto are away with the Hon­duran na­tional team. … Hous­ton has scored twice as many goals as Colorado this sea­son (30 vs. 15). … Head coach Wilmer Cabr­era pre­vi­ously was an as­sis­tant with the Rapids.

De­fen­sive mid­fielder Micheal Azira is the only man who has been on the field ev­ery minute of ev­ery game this sea­son, but that will end Satur­day be­cause he is sus­pended for one game (yel­low card ac­cu­mu­la­tion). … At­tack­ing mid­fielder Nana Boateng is back after miss­ing 10 games be­cause of three frac­tured lum­bar ver­te­brae suf­fered in an April match against Real Salt Lake. … This is the fourth of five games for Colorado over an 18-day span. After Tues­day’s July 4th game against Seat­tle, the Rapids are off un­til July 22.

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