Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time To Claim What Is Rightfully Ours

Last game of the season and FaKe SaLt LaKe is in town again. The difference this year is that both teams have already clinched a playoff spot and are now just playing for seeding and the Rocky Mountain Cup. FSL can win the Supporter's shield with a win and LA failing to win or a draw and LA losing. The Rapids could move up to 7th with a win or a draw and a San Jose loss or draw, or even 6th if Seattle loses earlier in the day.

Of course the big prize is the Rocky Mountain Cup. With the teams drawing 1-1 in Sandy the Cup comes down to one game. The winner of the game takes the Cup, in case of a draw FSL keeps it as the current holders.

Game time is 7pm and it looks like a packed house. Because its the final game of the season and the Rocky Mountain Cup the tailgate will be 3 hours, starting at 4pm.

Injury Report:
OUT: MF Ciaran O'Brien (L hip sprain); FW Ross Schunk (R ACL tear)
PROBABLE: FW Quincy Amarikwa (L ankle sprain); DEF Julian Baudet (L hamstring strain); FW Omar Cummings (L ankle sprain); DEF Brian Mullan (R ankle sprain); GK Matt Pickens (groin); DEF Anthony Wallace (groin strain)

This time of year every one's a bit banged up, and Gary Smith will have to choose between going for an improved seeding and the Cup and resting players to get healthy for the playoffs. That said, my guess on a lineups:

Kimura - Wynne - Moor - Earls
Mullan - Larentowicz - Pablo - Smith
Cummings - Casey

I think Wallace and Baudet get another week before re-entering the starting XI but I wouldn't be shocked to see either one come in as a sub. I think Pickens and Cummings start as they have been able to the last few games while Baudet and Wallace haven't. Mullan may be hit or miss, but I'm thinking he plays.

Key To Look For: Its the Rocky Mountain Cup. Just as a reminder:

Now go get us our trophy back!

Prediction: 2-1 win, goals by Conor Casey and Omar Cummings. The Rapids will get out to a 2-0 lead behind the Dynamic Duo but will concede one in the second half and have to hold on late for the win, setting off a on-field celebration with the Cup as FSL sulks back to the locker room having been denied the Supporter's Shield.

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