Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ridiculous Schedule Starts Tomorrow

This is close to what the Rapids will be doing

The Rapids are in NY tomorrow to face the Red Bulls on their first leg of a cross-country trip that will have them playing in LA 72 hours later.  Ridiculous scheduling that should have been prevented by somebody when RBNY asked to move this game.  Game time tomorrow is 5:30pm MDT and Fleming and 'Celo will have the call on Altitude.

Injury Report:
OUT: M Marcelo Sarvas (knee operation); QUESTIONABLE: D Marc Burch (rib injury); M Sam Cronin (concussion)

Technically Sarvas is also suspended but he'll be out injured much longer than his suspension.  NY is only down one player so we'll be getting them at full strength.  My guess at the XI:

Pablo talked in the Post this week that he learned from last season to worry about the game in front of you, not look past it.  Because of that I expect pretty close to the same lineup from last Saturday.  Sjoberg is coming back from injury so I wouldn't be surprised to see O'Neill (or maybe Burling) in his place.  Badji had a bad game so I expect Badji to sit, Torres to move up, and Sanchez to slide into his spot on the right.

Strategic Consideration: Force RBNY to the wings.  They don't have the attackers to play a crossing game, they want to play down the middle.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Torres.  This is a tough one to call, long flight, short rest, but RBNY hasn't been setting the world on fire either.  If Pablo really does focus on just this game I think we can get a result.

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