Friday, April 27, 2012

Rapids Try To Snap Losing Streak

Do you dare try the Tacos de Buche?

The other LA team, the Under-a-Chivas, are in town this week.  The crowd should be a little more subdued after the Beckham-fest or last week and I for one am glad.  We don't need half the stadium rooting for some guy on the other team.  Kickoff this week is at 7 again and the tailgate starts as 5.  As you can see above the special item this week is Tacos de Buche (look it up).

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

INELIGIBLE: FW Edu (Awaiting visa and ITC)

Chivas is only missing two players so they're pretty much at full strength.  Casey is expected to come off the bench for 15-20 minutes of play, Rivero is unknown.  Henao is technically eligible but not expected to be part of the game day roster as he's just getting into town tonight.  My guess at the starting XI:

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

Even with 3 games this coming week I think we'll see the full starting XI tomorrow.  We need to stop this losing streak and at home is the best place to do it.  If Rivero is still unable to go we'll probably see Hill again like we did last week.

Key To Look For: Possession.  Chivas has played six 1-0 games and one 2-1 game.  They've lost all 4 home games 1-0 and won all 3 road games 1-0 and 2-1.  Not a team that's going to score many goals.  If we can keep them running after the ball they won't be able to score.

Prediction: 2-0 win.  Goals by Cummings and Cascio.  Our possession game at home in altitude will give us the advantage and we'll dominate this game en route to a much needed win.

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