Friday, June 4, 2010

Village People Alert!

Our favorite 70s band, er I mean the Columbus Crew, are in town tomorrow night for the last home game before the World Cup break. The Crew is flying high in the East, and this may be the toughest home game left on the schedule since LA has already visited. Lucky for us, Columbus played in San Jose on Wednesday night, so hopefully they'll run out of gas before the end of the game. Game time is 7pm, and as always the tailgate will be in the East VIP lot at 5.

Injury Report:
OUT: DF Kosuke Kimura (L ankle stress fracture); MF Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain); FW Ross Schunk (R ACL tear); PROBABLE: DF Julien Baudet (L knee strain); MF Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain)

Columbs only has two players listed as out for this game so they are almost at full strength. The Rapids lineup has been fairly settled as of late and I don't expect many changes:

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

I don't understand why Thompson is starting over Clark, but I assume its going to continue. The other 10 spots seem pretty locked in at this point.

Key To Look For: Guillermo Barros Schelotto vs. Pablo. GBS is one of, if not the best, playmaker in MLS and the Columbus offense runs through him. If Pablo can contain him it will greatly reduce the Crew's chances of winning the game.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Conor Casey. I don't think we can keep Columbus off the scoreboard, and I don't think our offense can score more than one goal. A draw seems to be the way to go. With Columbus' midweek game and playing at altitude I wouldn't be shocked to see us sneak a winner late, but a draw feels more likely. I think Casey will continue his resurgence in play and get on the scoreboard again.

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