Saturday, April 17, 2010

2010 Version Of It's A Trap!!!

The Rapids are back at home this weekend hosting the Toronto Rapids. Sorry, Toronto FC. They just look like the Rapids with Gargan, Harden, LaBrocca, and Peterson. This game has trap written all over it. home game against a team that's playing bad soccer and coming off an emotional home opener less than 72 hours earlier. Game time at the Dick is 3pm, and the best tailgate in MLS starts at 1pm, all are welcome.

Injury Report:
OUT: MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain), FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)

Discipline Report:
SUSPENDED: DEF Julian Baudet (Red card against KC)

Injury report looks quite good, two players out that were unlikely to see the field anyway. Toronto likeways has only two players listed, both as out. The red card suspension of Baudet hurts, but not as much as Casey or Clark would. Lopez is now available, so my guess ont he starting XI:

Kimura - Wynne - Moor - Earls
Lopez - Larentowicz - Clark
Cummings - Casey

I think that with Baudet suspended we go back to the back 4 we used in the first two games. This will probably be Kimura's last game as a starter though, he hasn't looked good and once Baudet is back Wynne will move outside I think. Lopez proved in a minute that he's much better than Ballouchy, assuming he's ready to go at least 60 minutes I think he'll start, and if he doesn't I think Jamie Smith will.

Key To Look For:
Midfield dominance. This is going to be the key until its figured out. Our strikers are still great, our back line is only being beaten on set pieces, but our game falls apart getting the ball from the defense to the strikers.

Prediction: 2-0 win, goals by Conor Casey and Colin Clark. This should be a relatively easy win for the Rapids, but like I said, its got trap game written all over it. I expect the Rapids will struggle, getting a lead but never looking confident until Toronto pushes up to get the equalizer and we score on a counter to put the game away.

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