Friday, August 24, 2012


Ah, the Clash

Back to the main point of this blog.  Things don't get easier for the Rapids as their at the Supporters Shield leading Earthquakes tomorrow night.  Not an easy place to turn things around.  Game time tomorrow is 8:30pm on Altitude, so go out and enjoy the bike race in Golden, Boulder, or areas in-between, get a good dinner, and settle down for some soccer.

Injury Report:
OUT: MF Pablo Mastroeni (headache symptoms); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Edu (R foot contusion); MF Kamani Hill (L quad strain)
PROBABLE: FW Omar Cummings (R ankle soreness)

Disciplinary Report:
SUSPENDED AFTER NEXT 2 YELLOWS: MF Jaime Castrillon; DF Tyrone Marshall; MF Drew Moor; MF Martin Rivero; DF Tyson Wahl

Well the injury report is significantly better this week.  Almost every possible starter is healthy.  Meanwhile San Jose is missing 3 suspended players a 6 to injury so they're hurting.  My guess at the starting XI:

Castrillon - Casey - Mullan
Larentowicz - Rivero - Nane
Zapata - Moor - Wynne - Freeman

I think Cummings is heading to the bench now that everyone else is healthy and not suspended.  Otherwise no significant changes from our starting lineup the last couple of games.

Key To Look For: Defense.  They have to figure out how to Clampdown on the E-Quakes because we can't keep giving up stupid goals.

Prediction: 2-1 loss, goal by Casey.  We're a team that's going into a death spiral, on the road, against the current league leaders.  Their injury/discipline issues will allow us to hang close for a while, but eventually our defense will falter again.

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