Friday, May 14, 2010

Battle Of The Eagle Mascots

In one corner we have Talon, DC United's eagle mascot! In the other corner we have Edson the Eagle, one of the Rapids mascots! Lets have a clean fight!

Yeah, when the Rapids changed their mascots they stole DC's for one of the new ones.

The Rapids are in the nation's capital for tomorrow night's game. They haven't won a league game in D.C. since 1999 and tomorrow might be their best chance to break that streak. Game time is 5:30pm MDT and the game will be shown on KWGN. No official supporter's group watch party but I'm sure the regular spots will have plenty of fans.

Injury Report:
OUT: DEF Kosuke Kimura (L ankle stress fracture); MID Ciaran O'Brien (L hip strain); FWD Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)
DOUBTFUL: DEF Scott Palguta (L calf strain); MID Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain)

DC has 6 players out and 2 players questionable. The big losses for the Rapids are Koz and Smith and with Koz out Palguta's injury really hurts our depth. Still we're in better shape than DC. Given our injuries my guess at the lineup:

Moor - Wynne - Baudet - Earls
Pablo - Larentowicz
Cummings - Ballouchy - Clark

I think the experiment of Thompson starting over Clark ended with the poor performance by Wells in the LA game. On the road I expect Gary Smith will want to keep the 4-5-1 that's helped our possession game, even if its costing us on the attack. Everyone else is a fairly obvious starter.

Key To Look For: Can our attackers turn our chances into dangerous shots? In the last couple of games we've controlled the ball, made dangerous runs, and Casey and Cummings haven't converted them to goals. Our plan for this season was getting our forwards those chances, and if they can't convert them then we don't have many other options.

Prediction: 2-1 win, goals by Conor Casey and Colin Clark. I expect our set piece issues will still lead us to giving up a gaol, but DC has been a bad team this year, especially on defense. I think Casey comes out with something to prove and gets his first non-PK goal of the season. Then Clark finds his shooting boots for the winner.

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