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.
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.