Earthquakes-Rapids Preview foxsports Aug 6, 2010 at 3:31p ET Home has not been kind to the San Jose Earthquakes lately, so they’ll look for better results on the road. The injury-plagued Earthquakes try to extend their unbeaten Article continues below ... streak against the struggling Colorado Rapids to 13 on Saturday night. Seeking its first victory at Buck Shaw Stadium since May 8, San Jose (6-5-5) lost 1-0 to Seattle Sounders FC last Saturday and dropped to 0-2-2 in its last four at home. “I think when we’re on the road, there’s this us-against-the-world mentality,” right back Jason Hernandez told the Earthquakes’ official website. “… At home we haven’t seemed to figure out a way to press the other team and make it difficult for them without giving up space for them to play. That’s something we need to work on.” San Jose, 2-1-2 in its last five road games, is 1-0-1 at Colorado since returning to MLS in 2008. The teams played to a 1-all draw at Dick’s Park on Sept. 23, with Earthquakes forward Chris Wondolowski and Conor Casey scoring on penalty kicks. Wondolowski, expected to be in the lineup after coach Frank Yallop used him as a second-half substitute Saturday, scored in a 1-0 victory over the visiting Rapids (6-5-6) on May 1. That moved San Jose to 6-0-6 versus Colorado since a 1-0 loss in Denver on April 24, 2004. If the Earthquakes are going to continue their dominance of the series, they’ll have to do it without standout defender Ike Opara. The rookie of the year candidate suffered a broken left foot last Saturday and is expected to be out at least six weeks. “It is (a big loss), but I just said to Ike, we’ve won some games without him, so let’s get back to being strong and dynamic on defense,” Yallop said. “… We have options.” One of those could be veteran Tim Ward, acquired from Chicago on Friday for a conditional pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. Ward could immediately step in for a club also looking to replace defenders Steve Beitashour (fractured right hand) and Chris Leitch (left hip strain). “Tim is someone we think can come in and address some of our depth issues and help us right now,” said John Doyle, Earthquakes general manager of soccer operations. With eight goals during its 0-2-5 stretch, Colorado (6-5-6) needs help putting the ball in the net. Casey leads the club with seven goals, but could miss his second straight match due to the effects of a head-to-head collision suffered July 25. Without the star forward, the Rapids played to a 1-all draw with visiting FC Dallas on Saturday. Colorado midfielder Mehdi Ballouchy converted a penalty kick four minutes after teammate Julien Baudet scored an own-goal. “I thought we had gotten over all the voodoo,” said coach Gary Smith, whose team has gone 2-0-3 in its last five home games. “Otherwise, we had excellent chances, but didn’t have enough finishes.” San Jose leads the series with Colorado 21-16-8.