Ford, 21, signed a Homegrown Player contract last January after playing three seasons for the University of Denver. He has played three games (all starts) for the Rapids and is one of several players being used at centerback by head coach Pablo Mastroeni, who fielded his fourth different combination of defenders in the last six games against Minnesota United. Ford played in the middle alongside veteran Bobby BurlingAxel Sjoberg suffered a hamstring injury in the second game of the season against the Red Bulls and is projected to be out until next month. Jared Watts served a suspension Sunday for a red card he was issued the week before in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. After finishing second in the Western Conference last season, Colorado sits in last place among the 11 teams at 1-4-1 and has scored a league-fewest five goals.