Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Weekend Roundup 5/31-6/1 & USOC preview

OK, a quick roundup of the weekend action, only 2 teams playing, then a preview of tonight's USOC match in KC.

Colorado Rapids - My game wrapup is here. The Rapids jumped back into first place with the win, 1 point ahead of LA, Chivas, and Houston. We're 5th in the league overall. We have the 4th best offense and we're in a 4 way tie for the 2nd best defense.

Tenerife - Tenerife went down quickly in this game, then went down a second goal right after half, even while playing up a mand. They battled back though, scoring twice late in the half and having a wide open chance missed in the 80th minute. They had to settle for the draw. CDT are in 13th place, 4 points from the relegation zone with 2 games to play. They can still finish as high as 6th or as low as 21st (Out of 22).


Tonight the Rapids take on KC in the final USOC play-in game in KC. The winner gets entered into the USOC proper. Game time is at 6pm MDT, no coverage, the best that's available is running commentary on the Hillcrest Road blog.

The Rapids took the following players to KC for the game:

Mehdi Ballouchy, Jose Luis Burciaga Jr., Preston Burpo, Colin Clark, Terry Cooke, Omar Cummings, Facundo Erpen, Rafael Gomes, Herculez Gomez, Mike Graczyk, Brian Grazier, Jordan Harvey, Stephen Keel, Kosuke Kimura, Ciaran O’Brien, Jacob Peterson, Tim Ward and Cesar Zambrano.

My guess on the starting 11, based on that list:

Kimura - Keel - Erpen - Burciaga
Cooke - Ballouchy - Clark
H.Gomez - Cummings

It doesn't appear that the Rapids are taking this game very seriously. They left Ihemelu, C.Gomez, LaBrocca, McManus, and Casey at home. Combined with Pablo and Bouna Time! being gone for National Team commitments the spine of the team isn't even in KC, much less starting.

No comments: