Friday, August 10, 2012

Time For A New Streak

Yep, still using this pic :D

The Rapids are in Dallas tomorrow, aka DSG Park South (at least in the playoffs).  Two teams that have fallen greatly since they met almost two years ago in Toronto for MLS Cup.  Dallas is in worse shape than we are though, needing a miracle to even sniff the playoffs while if the Rapids can get hot over the next 5 games, 4 of which are against teams out of the playoffs, they can be back in the picture.  Game time tomorrow is 7pm on Altitude.A

Injury Report:
OUT: MF Pablo Mastroeni (headache symptoms); DF Anthony Wallace (L Achilles tear)
QUESTIONABLE: FW Conor Casey (L hamstring tightness); FW Edu (R foot contusion)
PROBABLE: DF Tyrone Marshall (R calf tightness)

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

Cummings is off the injury report, but Marshall has been added after his injury he picked up in the FSL game.  It doesn't sound like Casey is even as good as questionable right now, so that hurts.  Dallas is missing 5 players to injury and 1 to suspension so they're thinner than we are.  My guess at the starting XI:

Castrillon - Cummings
Larentowicz - Rivero - Nane - Thompson
Zapata - Moor - Wynne - Mullan

The exact formation is hard to post, but I think that's the XI we'll see.  Mullan moved to right back after Marshall's injury last week and reportedly played their some in practice this week so I think we'll see him there this week.  Rivero will probably push up into an attacking mid/withdrawn forward role.

Key To Look For: Now that they've figured out how to win, can they continue to put the pieces together.  While we beat FSL we still saw a lot of similar problems to our losing streak, can we keep getting better int hose areas?.

Prediction: 2-1 win.  Goals by Cummings and Moor.  Drew will get one against his old team which will balance out a boneheaded mistake by the defense.  Omar will get a boost from today's news that he's being called up for the Jamaican Nats next Wednesday and find a game-winner.

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