Colorado (6-4-4) at FC Dallas (5-7-3), 8:30 p.m.
Frisco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - FC Dallas will be attempting to snap an eight-game winless skid when the club faces the Colorado Rapids at Toyota Stadium on Saturday.
Dallas jumped out of the blocks with four wins and a draw from its first five games this season, surging to the top of the Western Conference.
But since that time, Oscar Pareja's men have managed just one win from the next 10 games, including a total of two points from the team's eight most recent outings.
FCD has failed to score more than one goal in any of those eight fixtures, which obviously makes it difficult to collect wins. But the team has also had trouble keeping 11 men on the field, which is another separate issue.
Six times this season Dallas has finished a match with less than 11 players, including its last outing, a 2-1 defeat against San Jose.
Blas Perez scored after 16 minutes to put Dallas in front, but goals from Atiba Harris and Jean-Baptiste Pierazzi for the Earthquakes had the visitors in front.
Dallas also went down to 10 men in the 37th minute as Adam Moffat received his second yellow card, leaving the hosts with no way back in the second half.
"I am just focusing on my team and how can I get the best of this group. And see if we can finally play another game with 11," a frustrated Pareja said. "That has been a little bit of a challenge. I refuse to train with 10. We need to see if on Saturdays we can have the discipline to finish with 11."
A former head coach of Colorado, Pareja will be seeing some familiar faces on Saturday with the two sides meeting for the first time this season.
Pablo Mastroeni took over as Rapids boss this season and he has the club in third place in the Western Conference entering the weekend.
The Rapids played to a 0-0 draw with Chicago on Wednesday, marking the team's seventh clean sheet of the season.
And although things didn't come together offensively for the Rapids, Mastroeni was pleased overall with his side.
"I don't think we were as clinical as we wanted to be in that final third. In games like this it's got to be real sharp, and done with a bit more urgency on that final pass and final shot," said Mastroeni. "Having said that the guys put out a great effort, and we got a clean sheet. The mentality was right, and I think it's a performance to build on going towards the weekend."