WHEN/WHERE: 7:30 tonight; Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.
RADIO: WQYK-AM 1010.
RECORDS: Rapids 15-6, Mutiny 9-13.
COACHES: Rapids _ Glenn Myernick. Mutiny _ Tim Hankinson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH: Rapids _ F Wolde Harris, F Jorge Dely Valdes, M Paul Bravo, D Marcelo Balboa, G Ian Feuer. Mutiny _ M Carlos Valderrama, F Raul Diaz Arce, M Steve Ralston, D Chris Houser, G Scott Garlick.
NOTES: Tonight's game doubles as a U.S. Open Cup match. The winner advances to the round of eight against an opponent to be determined. The Mutiny may make one more deal before today's trade deadline. Hankinson said the team may give up a veteran midfielder, likely Jorge Salcedo, in exchange for a younger player. Rapids M Ross Paule (strained left knee) is questionable. M Anders Limpar (quadriceps) is questionable. Colorado enters tonight's match with a season-high scoreless drought of 212 minutes, including a season-worst 5-0 loss to Chicago on Sunday. Tampa Bay won the last meeting in a shootout after a 2-2 tie July 25. Mutiny D Steve Trittschuh, who was traded from Colorado, has missed both games against his former club because of red cards. With an assist tonight, Valderrama can tie his team record of six consecutive games with at least one. In a Friday the 13th promotion, 13-year-olds can get in free to tonight's game by presenting proof of age at a ticket window at the south end of the stadium.
_ RODNEY PAGE