Friday, May 16, 2014

Taking Our Cup To Utah

This is staying with our fans in Sandy for the first time in a while

Rocky Mountain Cup, does anything more really need to be said?  This is the first of two games in Utah this year, split by one game in Colorado.    As always a large group of Rapids fans are heading for Sandy for tomorrow night's game, but the rest of us can watch it on Altitude at 7:30.  C38 is having a large watch party for those fans that didn't make the trip at the Three Lions downtown.

Injury Report:
OUT: M Brian Mullan (L knee surgery); F Vicente Sanchez (L knee injury); D Grant Van De Casteele (concussion)

FSL has 6 players on the injury report and have 3 big players (Rimando, Beckerman, and Rapid-killer Saborio) away from the team on World Cup duty, so this is a great chance to hit them when they're undermanned.  Obviously the Rapids are still missing Sanchez, but the other two haven't featured this year so we're almost at full strength.  My guess at our XI:

It seems like 7-8 of these players are obvious, with the only real questions being LaBrocca, our strikers, and maybe Piermayr.  I figured speed over bulk for the strikers but maybe Buddle will get a chance to score #100.

Strategic Consideration: Play the best XI.  No more screwing around with the lineup Pablo, not in this match.  Pick the best XI and go out there to win the game.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Torres.  The road team hasn't won a Rocky Mountain Cup match since each side won a road game in 2007 and I don't see that changing tomorrow.  However the Rapids can get a draw and take away home field advantage for the RMC from FSL this year.  Torres finally gets on the board by getting us that important point.

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