Friday, April 20, 2012

The Circus That Is The Galaxy Is In Town

Bruce Campbell, a much better spokesperson for Old Spice than Beckham 

That's right, Old Spice, Keane, PrimaDonnavan, and the rest of the Galaxy will be our opponents tomorrow night.  This is the first of two trips to Colorado for LA this year and reportedly David Beckham will be making an appearance this trip.  Yeah, I'll believe it when I see it.  Considering the only time he's shown up we beat them 4-0 though, maybe we want him to come.  In celebration of the probable sell-out crowd tomorrow the Class VI/Pid Army tailgate will start an hour early at 4pm.  I've heard rumors of bacon-wrapped hot dogs for this one.

Injury Report:
OUT: MF Pablo Mastroeni (headache symptoms); MF Jamie Smith (R ACL tear); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Eddie Ababio (concussion); FW Conor Casey (L Achilles tear)
PROBABLE: Ross LaBauex (sports hernia)

INELIGIBLE: MF Harrison Henao (Awaiting visa and ITC)

Casey has been ruled out of his expected return due to being out most of the week with a strep throat virus, today was the only day he practiced.  LA has 6 players questionable or worse but as I mentioned Old Spice is expected to play.  My guess at the lineup for tomorrow:

Cascio - Cummings - Mullan
Castrillon - Larentowicz - Rivero
Zapata - Wynne - Moor - Kimura

There's been some rumbles about adjusting the front line to try to get some more offense, but we're going to be adjusting it the coming weeks to insert Casey.  I don't think Pareja will want to bring more instability by adjusting it this week.only to adjust it again.

Key To Look For: Midfield-forward linking.  In the past couple of weeks the Rapids have had good movement from the defense to the midfield, but they haven't been able to get the ball to the forwards in dangerous situations.  If we're going to beat the Galaxy we're going to have to generate more than the 5 chances we've had in the last two games combined.

Prediction: 2-1 win.  Goals by Cummings and Larentowicz.  LA  has been struggling this season so far and playing at altitude won't help.  The Rapids need some home cooking and I think they'll get it.  They'll go up early on a Cummings goal only for LA to tie it.  Ginger Ninja will get the winner on a free kick in the second half.

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