Thursday, April 9, 2015

Rapids Try To Avoid 19 In A Row In Dallas

Pablo in better times

The Rapids get introduced to the league's new Friday night UniMas schedule with a game down in Frisco against our defeated MLS Cup foes FC Dallas.  Colorado is still riding an 18 game winless and 600 minute scoreless streak.  If they fail to score in the first 25 minutes tomorrow they'll set a new record for longest scoreless streak to start a season at 385 minutes.  Kickoff in Frisco is at 5pm tomorrow.  UniMas is channel 648 on Comcast digital.  Its also on Univision Deportes (705).

Injury Report:
OUT: M Carlos Alvarez (ankle); M Sam Cronin (concussion)
DOUBTFUL: D Marc Burch (rib injury); D Drew Moor (ACL); D Axel Sjoberg (foot)

Discipline Report:
SUSPENDED: Coach Pablo Mastroeni (ejection 4/4)

I'm assuming Pablo will be suspended, that's usually what happens to a coach that was ejected.  Dallas has 4 players out injured including former Rapids Stephen Keel.  My guess at our XI:

I would prefer Torres up top with powers behind him and Sanchez on the right but my bet is that we see Badji again.  Riley seems the obvious choice for right back with Burch out.  Everyone else are no-brainers, but that doesn't mean Pablo won't make a change.

Strategic Consideration: Put good shots on target.  Enough wasting great chances with lousy shots.

Prediction: 1-0 loss.  Sadly I see our scoreless streak continuing and with it our winless streak.  Prove me wrong Rapids, prove me wrong.

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