Friday, April 2, 2010

Tomorrow's Game Has All The Elements

Alchemy elements that is, They'll all play a factor tomorrow:

Water - Colorado Rapids
Fire - Chicago Fire
Earth - The Best Pitch in MLS at The Dick
Air - Thin At Altitude

The experiment kicks off at 2pm tomorrow. The Supporters Groups will continue their tailgates this year. Tomorrow's starts at 11am!

Injury Report:
OUT: MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain), FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)
DOUBTFUL: GK Ian Joyce (R ankle sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: M Jamie Smith (R hamstring)
PROBABLE: FWD Conor Casey (R foot sprain), FWD Omar Cummings (R knee sprain), DEF Julien Baudet (R calf strain)

Still an ugly injury report this week. Chicago only has 4 players on its injury report. Also new signing Claudio Lopez will not be available tomorrow as they are still waiting on his visa. Given all that, here's my guess at the lineup:

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

Yep, same as last week. The only possible change is if Bauudet is ready to go. At that point the whole backline other than Earls is up in the air, as is Ballouchy. Wynne or Moor could go to the bench for Baudet to play center back, or either of them could move out right. If that happens Kimura could go to the bench or Gary Smith could push him forward into Ballouchy's role.

Key To Look For:
One of my keys to the season is a better record at the Dick. We need to run teams into the group at altitude. Tomorrow I think a key will be moving the ball and tiring Chicago out early.

Prediction: 2-1 win, goals by Conor Casey and Omar Cummings. The Rapids have never started a season with 2 straight wins, so I'm a little nervous about predicting it now. Still the Rapids feel like they have it in them. Our defense is still unsettled enough that I don't think we'll get a shutout, but I think the home opener boost will lead us to getting the win.

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