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Behind Enemy Lines: Scouting Colorado Rapids

FC Dallas hopes to end a three game unbeaten run that the Rapids are on.

FC Dallas plays host to Colorado Rapids for the two teams' first match-up between each other this season.

The Rapids head into Toyota Stadium boasting a three-game unbeaten streak after blowout victories over Montreal Impact and Houston Dynamo followed by Wednesday's scoreless draw with Chicago Fire.

Injury Report:

Unlike FCD, Colorado isn't dealing with a ton of injuries right now.

Forward Edson Buddle is listed as out as he continues to rehab a right groin strain. Midfielder Nathan Sturgis is also out for this weekend's match as well with a right foot injury.

There are a couple question marks for Saturday's game as well. Defender Gale Abossoumonde is still recovering from a lower abdomen injury and forward Vicente Sanchez is close to returning from a right knee sprain.

Probable line-up:

Rapids' head coach - or master, rather - Pablo Masteroni will continue to use the classic 4-4-2 for his men.

Goalkeeper: Clint Irwin; RB: Marvell Wynne; CB: Drew Moor, Shane O'Neill; LB: Chris Klute, RM: Kamani Hill; CM: Nick LaBrocca, Jose Mari; LM: Dillon Serna; FW: Dillon Powers, Deshorn Brown

Keys to Three Points

Close gaps in defensive-third. Although FCD was fighting a man down last Saturday, the midfield and defense can't allow the amount of room in the defensive-third that San Jose's Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi ripped. If FCD wants to get out of the slump, the backline has to shut down the Rapids early and not allow early looks on the frame.

Capitalize on set pieces. FCD saw early success in the season off set pieces. With an injured offense, every set piece must be well executed. Whether it's a free kick 30 yards out, a corner or a penalty (Yes, Fabian Castillo, a penalty), there's no excuse to not trouble Berner.

Continue to attack. When FCD begins stringing together passes in the midfield, sending the ball wide and working the ball upfront, good things happen. There can't be any lost focus with each possession. Play smart, play simple and take advantage of any open look outside and inside the 18.