The second edition of Heineken Rivalry Week kicks off with Viernes de Futbol action when rivals Colorado Rapids visit Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, August 26 (8 p.m. ET, UniMás). The Rocky Mountain Cup is up for grabs as both clubs took home wins in their previous two meetings this year by 1-0 margins. Playoff positioning will also be paramount as Colorado (West #2) and RSL (West #3) both sit above the red line with two months remaining in the regular season, and will be looking to secure a spot in the postseason as early as possible.
Powered by the stingiest defense in MLS with a league low 20 goals allowed and one of the greatest U.S. goalkeepers between the pipes, the Rapids will be facing a tough Real Salt Lake side driven by its undefeated 7-0-5 mark at home. RSL forward Joao Plata has been critical for the Claret-and-Cobalt as he ranks top 10 across the league in combined goals (seven) and assists (nine), with the squad compiling a 7-2-3 record when the 24-year-old Ecuadorian scores or assists in a match this season.