Friday, May 22, 2015

Rapids Get Going Again After Unexpected Bye Week

A Wet Week For A Wet Matchup

After the Sporks wimped out on us last week the team has had two weeks of rest before tomorrow night's game against the Whitecaps.  Meanwhile Vancouver scored a last minute goal over Edmonton on Wednesday night to progress to the final of the Canadian Championship.  Advantage Rapids.  Tomorrow night's game is at 7pm so the tailgate, featuring bahn mi hot dogs, will start at 4.  It sounds like a sellout tomorrow so hopefully the crowd will be into the game.  Marcelo and Fleming will have the call on Altitude.

Injury Report:
OUT: M Marcelo Sarvas (knee surgery)

Looking good for our options.  Vancouver is down 3 players due to injury and have a couple more close to yellow card suspension.  My guess at our XI:

That's the same XI announced for the KC game last week.  The only change I could see would be LaBrocca for Cronin.  I think Doyle isn't ready to start at altitude but I'm sure we'll see him in the second half.

Strategic Consideration: Press.  Vancouver is on short rest and at altitude while the Rapids are on long rest.  Take full advantage to wear them down.

Prediction: 2-1 win, goals by Torres and Solignac.  Going out on a limb a bit but I think the discrepancy in rest is enough to give us an edge.  We get the winning goal late against a tired Whitecaps side.

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