VANCOUVER, BC – The 'Caps have their backs against the wall with only four matches left when they host third-place Colorado Rapids at BC Place today.
Kickoff is at 4 p.m. PT.
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Here are the digits that you need to know:
54.5% With six clean sheets in his 11 starts, Colorado Rapids and U.S. men's national team goalkeeper Tim Howard leads MLS in shutout percentage/games started at 54.5%. The 'Caps, however, have shown the ability to beat the former Manchester United and Everton 'keeper, scoring two in their earlier matchup this year. As a team, the Rapids lead the league with 12 clean sheets on the year.
1.79 Rapids forward Shkelzen Gashi is fifth in MLS in shots on target per 90 minutes (minimum 30 shots on target). The only players with more than the Albanian MLS newcomer? Household names Sebastian Giovinco, David Villa, Didier Drogba, and Ola Kamara.
20,000 'Caps defender Jordan Harvey surpassed the 20,000 regular season minute-mark in his MLS career last week. Today, he faces the club that drafted him and with whom he played his first four years in MLS. Despite missing five matches earlier this year, Harvey is one of only two players to have started in each of the 'Caps nine wins.
2.61 Rapids forward Sébastien Le Toux leads all players in chances created from open play per 90 minutes (minimum 30 chances) with an average of 2.61. The Frenchman played 19 games for Whitecaps FC in 2011, tallying four goals and one assist in the Blue and White.
399 Three of the most imposing centre backs in MLS take the stage in Colorado's Axel Sjoberg, and Vancouver's Kendall Waston and Tim Parker, who are each among the league leaders in clearances, combining for 399 between the three of them. While 'Caps fans are familiar with the dynamic duo of Waston and Parker, they'll remember Sjoberg from his added-time equalizer in their last visit to BC Place.
It's an upstream battle for the 'Caps from here on out. Can they reverse the tide against the Rapids? Be there at BC Place to find out.
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