Friday, August 15, 2014

Rapids Try To Avoid A Four Game Winless Streak In DC

It hasn't come to this...yet

The Rapids head to DC on Sunday with a 3 game losing streak and a struggle to find the net.  DC is currently sitting second in the East, two points behind KC with a game in hand.  The good news is that they play their first CONCACAF Champions League game on Wednesday so they'll have to balance that with their game against Colorado.  Of coures the Rapids haven't won in DC since early 2010.  Game time on Sunday is 6pm, the game is on Altitude with 'Celo and Fleming and nationally on Univision Deportes.

Injury Report:
OUT: MF Brian Mullan (L knee injury)
QUESTIONABLE: MF Marlon Hairston (L groin strain); DF Shane O'Neill (R knee sprain)

DC is missing Eddie Johnson due to being an idiot and getting a two game suspension from the DisCo as well as a number of players (8) who are out or questionable.  That includes Conor Doyle, the one-time Rapids trialist.  I expect a very similar starting XI from the Rapids:

Maybe we see Torres up front instead but otherwise I don't expect radical changes.  I'm not sure what kind of radical changes we would make at this point anyway.  Mwanga?  Eloundou?

Strategic Consideration: Score goals, don't give up goals.  Yeah, pretty basic but at this point this team needs to go back to basics.

Prediction: 2-0 loss.  I just don't see anything from the Rapids right now that leads me to believe they can win this one.  Once Colorado actually shows something then maybe I'll consider a more positive outcome.

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