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Saturday, March 2, 2013 (All times Eastern)

Colorado (0-0-0) at FC Dallas (0-0-0), 8:30 p.m.

Frisco, TX (Sports Network) - Both FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids will be anxious to get the 2013 season started at FC Dallas Stadium on Saturday after enduring forgettable campaigns in 2012.

Both sides failed to reach the postseason and both made significant changes in the offseason with an eye toward improvement in 2013.

For Dallas head coach Schellas Hyndman much of the change in his side came up top as he brought back striker Kenny Cooper in a trade from Red Bull New York while also acquiring forward Eric Hassli in a deal with Toronto FC.

Those two will combine with Blas Perez and Fabian Castillo to give Hyndman a deep group of forwards, with Perez and Castillo combining to score 15 goals for the Hoops last term.

There are two familiar faces who will no longer be wearing the Dallas jersey this season as veteran goalkeeper Kevin Hartman was not re-signed, while winger Brek Shea has made the move to Stoke City in England.

The arrival of both Cooper and Hassli should help offset the loss of Shea, who struggled at times last year. Another huge boost to the Dallas attack will be a full season from midfielder David Ferreira, who returned from a 15-month injury absence last year to show flashes of his playmaking ability.

FC Dallas is a team that expects to challenge for a playoff spot this year, while Colorado figures to have a tougher time cracking the top five in the Western Conference.

Colorado boss Oscar Pareja said goodbye to a handful familiar veterans in the offseason including forwards Conor Casey and Omar Cummings, as well as midfielder Jeff Larentowicz.

In place of Casey and Cummings, Colorado traded for Edson Buddle from the Los Angeles Galaxy, as well as Vancouver's Atiba Harris.

The Rapids will be hoping to get the 2010 version of Buddle as he scored 17 goals in 25 starts for the Galaxy before a stint in Germany and a return to Los Angeles that saw him net three goals in 19 games last year.

Larentowicz became a stalwart in the middle of the field for the Rapids, but his departure leaves a void that Pareja will hope can filled by newly-acquired duo Nathan Sturgis and Nick LaBrocca. Veteran Pablo Mastroeni also returns to the fold after missing 32 of 34 games last season because of concussion symptoms.

Both teams are looking ahead to better things in 2013, and both will be eager to claim three points in order to get the year started on the right foot.

03/01 12:06:26 ET

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Final
NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
3rd
DUKE 7
UNC 28
 
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LOS
CAR
3rd
MIA 61
LAC 78
 
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SAC
CHI
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WVU 10
KST 23
 
3rd
DUKE 7
UNC 28
 
1st
TXST 0
ARKST 0
 
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AKR 66
USC 46
Final
UCONN 65
COC 57
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MIAMI 66
DREX 46
Final
BC 69
NMU 65
Final
CHAR 106
PSU 97
 
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MICH 71
DET 62
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WMARY 100
BFLD 57
 
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USCU 107
BOBJONES 41
 
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UCF 76
ECKERD 59
 
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PURD 82
GRAM 30
 
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NCSU 79
JVU 43
 
Final
RFLSH 102
KEYSTONE 69
 
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VCU 106
MDES 66
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PROV 88
NAVY 51
 
Final
BRY 72
UNH 63
 
Final
PETE 59
NIAG 61
 
Final
STET 96
PBAT 85
 
Final
WAGN 83
SUNYWEST 49
 
Final
IOWA 57
TEX 71
 
Final
TENN 70
TXSOU 58
 
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SHU 54
MLOWELL 57
 
Final
ECU 92
VULYNCH 51
 
Final
TENNM 115
CBC 29
 
Final
MD 66
FORD 50
 
Final
WVU 91
GMAS 65
 
2nd
RAD 58
HOW 52
 
Final
MURST 89
BRESCIA 56
 
2nd
VILL 55
BUCK 53
 
2nd
TENST 67
FISK 56
 
Final
HARV 71
FATL 49
 
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MINN 106
FRANKPRCE 56
 
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TULA 91
MVSU 54
 
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TCU 78
NO 53
 
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NW 62
UNF 65
 
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LSUALEX 65
NWST 73
 
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IND 63
SMU 59
 
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UAB 53
SFLA 55
 
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EILL 59
UCD 62
 
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SAV 36
WINT 41
 
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NIOWA 44
MRGST 41
 
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MISS 37
SOUTH 15
 
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SCAR 50
CORN 25
 
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VANDY 37
LIP 25
 
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ARST 28
LMU 22
 
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ALA 38
SMISS 30
 
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GRCN 21
TXARL 23
 
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IDAHO 9
 
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CAL 9
SYR 8
 
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PHI 1
MIN 1
 
3rd
OTT 3
NAS 2
 
3rd
MON 4
STL 1
 
3rd
TOR 4
TAM 1
 
2nd Intermission
WIN 3
DET 2
 
2nd
DAL 0
ARI 1
 
1st Intermission
CAL 2
CHI 2
 
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COL 0
WAS 0
 
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VAN
ANA
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CAR
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OAK 14
KAN 3