Both teams currently sit at the bottom of a packed Western Conference table and are in danger of missing the playoffs unless they start stringing wins together, and fast.
The Rapids have won three of their last five and are seeking another three points. Safe to assume that Colorado is excited to get back on the road, after dropping their second consecutive home game to the Columbus Crew last Saturday.
For the Quakes, their winless streak was extended to six games after falling in a match with the Houston Dynamo last week.
The Quakes have scored 23 goals in 22 matches overall, and four goals in their last three matches. Their defensive play has been hit and miss, pitching six shutouts and allowing two or more goals in eight matches thus far this season. They'll look for strong play from Amarikwa, who has tallied four goals in just as many games.
While it might appear the Quakes are playing without inspiration as of late, they've faired pretty well against the Rapids as a whole. Colorado has not defeated San Jose at home since the 2010 season and overall since 2011, but have played them to draws in their last four meetings. Overall, San Jose has five victories against the club.
San Jose: Bingham; Wynne, Bernárdez, Stewart, Francis;
Alashe, Cato, Wondolowski, Pelosi, Salinas; Amarikwa
Colorado: Irwin; Moor, Burling,
Sjoberg, Burch; Sarvas, Watts, Cronin; Eloundou, Doyle, Sánchez