Friday, September 25, 2015

Rapids Can't Be Eliminated This Week

Meh

Win or lose the Rapids will technically still be alive after this weekend.  Of course realistically we've been eliminated since the end of May.  Colorado is back in Houston tomorrow night for their first  of their last five game.  Game time tomorrow is 6:30pm and Fleming and 'Celo will have the call on altitude.

Injury Report:
OUT: D Michael Harrington; D Axel Sjoberg; F Dominique Badji; F Keven Doyle

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

Houston has 5 players injured and one suspended.  We're missing a couple of key players (Sjoberg and Doyle) which means this game probably isn't going to be much of an improvement on what we've seen recently.  My guess at the XI: 

But I'm probably being optimistic.

Strategic Consideration: Just try to be entertaining

Prediction: 2-0 loss.  I don't see a lot of scoring chances lately and even less with Doyle out.  So I expect to come away pretty disappointed from this one.

2 comments:

Jacob Taldowski said...

Doyle has only scored 4 goals in 17 games. What do you attribute to his lack of goals? Lack of service? MLS adaptation period? Is it too early to tell? I've got to say that I expect someone with his pedigree to certainly be a double digit goal scorer next season.

Jason Maxwell said...

A combination of bad service and adaptation period. Our top goal scorer (Torres) only has 5 and he's been here all season. Also the majority of mid-season DP arrivals in this league tend to have a rough half season before finding their footing (or not) during their first full MLS season.