After two tough road games - a 1-1 tie in Philly and a 3-1 blowout in favor of Columbus - the Rapids finally get to come back home and try and wrangle a home win from a close division opponent. Colorado has only lost one game this season at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, but a huge chunk of those games have been draws, rather than the wins the Rapids need to be sponging points out of at this time of the season.
Houston is five points behind the Rapids in the standings, stuck in seventh place. The Rapids are currently in sixth place, but to show you how close the middle of the table is, a win and the three points that come with it will launch the Rapids up to fourth with a two point lead on Seattle and San Jose, assuming both teams lose today. (San Jose is playing New York and Seattle is taking on Chicago. In our best interests, we root for a New York victory and a draw between the latter two teams, both of whom would catch up to the Rapids playoff spot with a win.)
Houston and Colorado last met in June, the last game that the Rapids have managed to score more than a single goal. It was a 2-2 draw in Houston. Until that last game against Chicago, it was the last game that Houston had scored two or more in as well actually.
Along with the whole "Rapids not losing at home" thing, the category of meaningless, random statistics are in the Rapids favor here as the Dynamo haven't won two consecutive games in a row for well over a year; they beat the Fire 4-3 in their last league action. Go Rapids, keep that streak alive!