Friday, September 18, 2015

One Last Canadian Trip

If only the current Rapids were that good

The Rapids made their final trip across the border for 2015 today, heading to the location of their greatest ever triumph on Toronto.  The odd thing about tomorrow's game is the time, noon MDT.  For whatever reason Toronto plays early afternoon games at home.  The schedule works well for me as the game will finish before Washington's game against Utah State kicks off.  Altitude will have the coverage with Fleming and Balboa tomorrow.

Injury Report:
OUT: D Axel Sjoberg; F Luis Solignac (hamstring)

ONE YELLOW FROM SUSPENSION: D James Riley (3 games for good behavior reduction); D Jared Watts
TWO YELLOWS FROM SUSPENSION: D Marc Burch; M Sam Cronin; M Lucas Pittinari; F Kevin Doyle

Toronto has 5 players doubtful or worse and a player suspended, so we're in better shape there.  However Toronto is generally a better team than us, though it appears their annual  swoon has hit.  My starting XI guess: 

Standard caveats apply about which one of our stack of d-mids Pablo might pick.

Strategic Consideration: Giovinco, Giovinco, Giovinco.  Hands down the best player TFC has and one of the best goal scorers in MLS right now.

Prediction: 1-0 loss.  Long road trip, a place we've only beaten TFC once at (we've one in Toronto twice, obviously ;) ), and an offense that seems to have lost whatever spark it may have had.  There's just too much stacked against us to predict anything but a loss.

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