Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Suite Win For The Rapids

Me in a Rapids suite last night

After the last 270 minutes of Rapids games I'm glad I watched the last 90 in a bit of luxury.  A big thank you to C38, the Rapids, and InBev for working out a donation of the InBev suite to the C38 tailgate crew last night.  It was nice to see how the upper crust lives and we all had a good time seeing the game from a new perspective.

The game though, ugh.  That was two teams that were having a hard time just stringing passes together, much less play entertaining soccer.  The Rapids did match their shots on target of the last two games combined, but that was only 4 total.  At least they scored two of them.

A pretty goal from the Irish duo of St. Ledger and Doyle for the win.  There were some raised eyebrows when we signed St. Ledger (including mine), picking up a guy who got cut from one of the worst defenses in the league, but he's played very well after he got in sync with his new teammates.

The Rapids PK might have been soft but I haven't seen a good look at it.  The Houston PK was very clear though.  Was the ball out on the final goal?  Impossible for me to tell.  If the ref had flagged it out I couldn't say he was wrong but  can't say he's wrong by not flagging it.

The Bodmer Line is now down to 1.78 - 2.0 pts/game.

Man of the Match: Vicente Sanchez.  Earlier in the season I thought he wasn't on the same page as the team as was trying to do too much, which was hurting us.  Now that the team seems to have devolved to more individualistic play Sanchez's strengths are helping us.  He was the most dangerous player we had last night.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Rapids Try To Short Dynamo

Electricity + Water = Trouble

After what seems like a long stretch on the road but was only a couple of games the Rapids host Houston tomorrow night.  The Dynamo still cling to playoff hopes though a loss in Commerce City tomorrow night would erase most of them.  Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4, or whenever people get there after work. ;)  'Celo and Fleming will have the call on Altitude.

Injury Report:
OUT: D Jared Watts; F Luis Solignac (hamstring)
QUESTIONABLE: D Joseph Greenspan (back); D James Riley (concussion); M Lucas Pittinari (hamstring)

Discipline:
ONE YELLOW FROM SUSPENSION: D Bobby Burling (2 games left for good behavior reduction); D Axel Sjoberg (3 games left for good behavior reduction); D Drew Moor (3 games left for good behavior reduction); D Jared Watts; M Lucas Pittinari (3 games left for good behavior reduction)
TWO YELLOWS FROM SUSPENSION: D James Riley; F Kevin Doyle

Houston has 5 players questionable or worse, including DaMarcus Beasley  Its always ahrd to predict a lineup for the 2nd game of a 3 game week but here's my attempt: 

But really there's any number of players who can start.

Strategic Consideration: Try to have more than 2 shots on target.  Lets try for our high for the month and get 6!

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Sanchez.  Hard to predict a win at this point but I'm feeling positive about getting something out of this match.

Monday, August 24, 2015

An Ugly Win Is Still 3 Points


Great opening from the Rapids.  Then 89 minutes of the same dreck we've seen over and over this season.  After Serna's goal the Rapids had 1 shot on target the rest of the game (a good shot from distance by Torres).  Attacking soccer huh?  If we weren't playing the worst team in the Eastern Conference we don't win as Chicago had chance after chance, especially in the first half.

The Rapids got the early lead and then sat back and absorbed pressure for 89 minutes.  It worked, only due to some helpful posts and good play from Irwin, along with a fairly solid outing from Burling and St. Ledger.  This is certainly not the attractive soccer that's been hyped though, we've got 4 shots on goal total in our last two games.

Still credit to the team for getting a tough win.  It was our first ever win at Toyota Stadium and it gets us that much closer to improving on last season.  We need 6 points in our last 10 to show an improvement over last season.

Nobody should get excited about our playoff chances though, despite the expected (and in reality, practically required) spin in the media.  Per SportsClubStats we still have the lowest chance of making the playoffs in the league at 2.3% (Chicago is at 4.3% after the loss).  The Bodmer Line is down to 1.9 - 2.1 pts/game.

Man of the Match: Clint Irwin.  Big time saves to get us a win.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stage 7, 2015 USA Pro Challenge

video
I haven't done my normal coverage of the USA Pro Challenge this week, too much going on, but here's a short video I took this afternoon downtown as the race came through on the third of five laps.  They were literally close enough to reach out and touch at 300m to go.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Wooden Spoon Battle

Choose Your Weapon

If you thought last week's game was unbearable this week's game might be worse.  We've go the Rapids, last place int he Wast, versus the Fire, last place in the East.  Ugly, ugly soccer ahead.  Kickoff tomorrow is at 6:30pm with a watch party at the Southside Bar & Kitchen.

Injury Report:
OUT: D Joseph Greenspan (back); D James Riley (concussion); M Lucas Pittinari (hamstring); F Luis Solignac (hamstring)

Discipline:
SUSPENDED: M Sam Cronin (yellow card accumulation)
ONE YELLOW FROM SUSPENSION: D Bobby Burling (3 games left for good behavior reduction); D Axel Sjoberg (3 games left for good behavior reduction); D Jared Watts; M Lucas Pittinari (3 games left for good behavior reduction)
TWO YELLOWS FROM SUSPENSION: D Drew Moor; D James Riley; F Kevin Doyle

Chicago has one player out and two more questionable.  Pablo is running out of defensive midfielders so we're going to have to see something different this week.  My guess: 

6 defenders is aon the low side for Pablo recently but its just a guess..

Strategic Consideration: Score a goal, win a game.

Prediction: 0-0 draw.  These teams are bad and this will be bad pointless soccer.