BLACKBURN – The Colorado Rapids and Toronto FC were badly beaten by Mexican opponents earlier this week.
How quickly these clubs recover from those losses could be critical to deciding their matchup Saturday at BMO Field.
Colorado (10-8-11) and Toronto (5-12-12) are taking part in the CONCACAF Champions League, and neither was competitive this week.
The Rapids lost for the first time in the competition, 4-1 at home to Santos Laguna on Tuesday. They fell behind by two goals in the first 27 minutes and never recovered.
"It's no doubt that nights like tonight can dent some confidence, ask some questions," coach Gary Smith said. "But my job is to make sure that these guys stay as buoyant and as positive as possible. And we've got a really tough game against Toronto."
Toronto was riding high after its first MLS road win, 4-2 over Columbus last Saturday. The club failed to maintain the momentum by giving up four goals in the first half of Wednesday's 4-0 road defeat to Pumas UNAM.
"The difference between last Saturday against Columbus and now is that we didn't work and didn't have the willing to win like a team," coach Aron Winter said. "It could be also all the travel, like I said before, and the attitude (is) different. But I hope that we're going to try to get Saturday a good result against Colorado, that everybody is at least recovered from this game."
The Rapids will have pleasant memories of their last trip to BMO Field, where they won the 2010 MLS Cup with a 2-1 victory in extra time over FC Dallas.
Colorado, however, has lost all four previous games at BMO against Toronto FC.
The Rapids have failed to score in their last two MLS matches, including last Friday's 1-0 loss at Los Angeles. There is cause for concern after another poor performance Tuesday.
"We were on the back foot early," defender Drew Moor told the Rapids' official website. "Defensively, we weren't strong enough in the first half and we lacked the quality we usually have in the final third."
Toronto played Wednesday without midfielders Joao Plata (knee), Dicoy Williams (knee) and goalkeeper Stefan Frei (quadriceps) while English defender Richard Eckersley was suspended.
"Of course, you're missing four players in the lineup where normal-wise would play," Winter said. "But the other players, they replaced them, they have to show also they are also so far as the other ones."
TFC could debut a new face after acquiring Kyle Davies from the Galaxy on Thursday for fellow defender Dasan Robinson just before MLS's roster freeze.
"We are acquiring a young central defender with leadership experience and I feel Kyle will fit into our plans both now and long-term," Winter said.
The Rapids are in good shape to return to the playoffs in second place in the wild-card standings.
These teams played to a goalless draw May 22 at Colorado. The visiting team has won once in nine meetings, Toronto's 1-0 victory in 2008.