Friday, May 31, 2013

Rapids Go For 6 In A Row Against Rival Dallas

Yep, more MLS Cup victory photos :D

Regular playoff foe Dallas makes its way north to face Colorado tomorrow.  The Rapids have not lost in 5 games and only once int he last nine and hope to keep that roll going.  In honor of Dallas' visit, brisket at the tailgate tomorrow.  Kickoff is at 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4.  Flemming and Brian Crookham will have the call on Altitude as Balboa is at U.S. Soccer's 100th anniversary gala.

Injury Report:
OUT:  DF Diego Calderon (R knee Surgery), GK Matt Pickens (L arm fracture)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Jaime Castrillon (R knee surgery), MF MArtin River (R foot injury); MF Jaime Smith (R groin strain), MF Hendry Thomas (L hamstring strain)

Disciplinary Report:

FW Charles Eloundou - Still waiting on International Transfer Certificate

Not good to see Rivero back on the injury report but everyone else stayed healthy.  O'Neill is back from suspension so that helps the back line.  Dallas also has 2 players Out and 4 Questionable so they're feeling similar pain.  My guess at our XI:

Hard to tell what the back line will be exactly with all 5 players available.  Both O'Neill and Wynne played in the USOC game but I have a feeling they'll both get the start while Mullan rests.  Powers is the obvious replacement for Rivero and I don't think we'll see any other changes from last week.

Key To Look For: Keeping Dallas from getting dangerous chances.  Ferriera is back for Dallas and we saw him burn us in MLS Cup 2010.  Keeping him contained and minimizing the number of chances Dallas can create will keep us in this game.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Brown.  Dallas is the best team we've faced since the LA game and I don't see back to back wins.  We played them even in Dallas to start the season with only Ceus' blunder costing us a point.  We'll see another even game tomorrow and get that point.

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