Friday, July 19, 2013

8th Time The Charm In Seattle?

The Sounders are a bunch of pigs!

In 7 competitive games in Seattle in their history the Rapids have lost 7 times, with 5 goals scored and 18 allowed.  They hope to turn that around tomorrow as they're back in my hometown.  I'd really like them to as I'm getting really tired of my relatives holding that over me (though I can trump them as we have a star on our jerseys).  Its an important match for both teams as they're both trying to improve their positioning for the playoff run and there's probably only room for one of the two teams (at most) in the top 5.  Game time tomorrow is an early 2pm start for some reason and the game is on Altitude.

Injury Report:
OUT:  DF Diego Calderon (R knee Surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: DF Kory Kindle (L ankle sprain); MF Martin Rivero (L quad strain)

Disciplinary Report:
SUSPENDED AFTER NEXT YELLOWS: DF Shane O'Neill (2 games left for good behavior reduction); MF Hendry Thomas

FW Charles Eloundou - Still waiting on International Transfer Certificate

Between 10 injuries and callups Seattle will barely be able to dress 18 healthy players so they're hurting.  They're on their 4th string goalkeeper and Eddie Johnson has just been called up to the Gold Cup squad.  The Rapids are healthy but tired after their midweek match.  I expect some changes in the starting XI due to that and the turf:

If this game wasn't on turf Rivero might start in place of Powers, but I doubt they want to risk Martin's legs coming off of injury.  Brown will be an attacking sub off the bench if we need a goal.

Key To Look For: Pressuring Seattle.  With their injury situation and some of the less experience players they'll likely play, like their GK, push then hard and hope they break.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Sturgis.  The Rapids get their first point in Seattle on the back of a former Sounder.  Seattle pushes for the winner late but Colorado survives.

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