MADRID, Spain (AP) – The Colorado Rapids keep finding ways to score since Conor Casey's season-ending injury.
In their first matchup since last season's Eastern Conference championship, the Rapids go for their first victory in San Jose since 2003 on Saturday night when the Earthquakes try to avoid a franchise-record 11-match winless streak.
The defending MLS Cup champs suffered a major blow when Casey tore his left Achilles' tendon July 16, but the Rapids (9-6-10) have outscored their opponents 10-4 while going 3-0-1 without the club's all-time leading scorer.
Colorado has had 14 players find the back of the net, tied with Philadelphia for most in MLS.
"Everyone is scoring goals," striker Omar Cummings told the Rapids' official website following last Friday's 2-0 victory over Columbus. "To see Sanna (Nyassi) and Pablo (Mastroeni) score last week (a 2-1 win at Philadelphia on July 29) to me and Brian (Mullan) getting it this week. ... You have multiple scorers and just scoring a lot of goals is confidence for any team."
The Rapids, though, could be without Cummings and Nyassi - who has four goals and an assist since Casey's injury - with both returning from mid-week appearances with their respective national teams.
Jamie Smith, Mac Kandji, Andre Akpan and Quincy Amarikwa could all step in if the two aren't available.
"There are some choices to make and I want to leave my options open," coach Gary Smith said.
The Earthquakes (5-8-10), whose bid for a third MLS Cup ended with a 1-0 defeat in Colorado on Nov. 13, are looking for more offensive options after Gordon underwent surgery Tuesday to repair tears in an abdominal muscle and both hip adductors.
Two days earlier, Gordon - acquired from Toronto on July 14 - ended the club's 283-minute scoreless drought with a game-tying second-half goal in a 1-all draw against Portland.
According to coach Frank Yallop, Gordon could return toward the end of the season.
"That's just been our season in a nutshell, right there," leading scorer Chris Wondolowski told MLS' official website. "Get a glimpse, dude does well and then an injury or something happens that puts him on the shelf for a while. I don't even know what it is, but I don't think we've put the same lineup down all year in back-to-back games. It's tough."
The Earthquakes, who have scored five times during an 0-4-6 skid, are trying to snap their six-game winless stretch (0-1-5) at Buck Shaw Stadium before closing the season with seven of 10 on the road.
They are 3-0-4 in the last seven matchups with Colorado at home.