Saturday, October 3, 2015

Only Meaningful Game Since July

Still better than these guys

Up a win and two goals all the Rapids have to do tomorrow is not lose by more than 1 to claim the Rocky Mountain Cup.  They have to win though to stave off elimination from the playoffs (and that only if either SJ doesn't win or KC-Portland ends in a draw tonight).  Still with the RMC in play this game at least means something, which is more than any other game since we last played FSL in July.  Game time tomorrow is 5pm on FOX Sports 1.  Tailgate starts at 2 and its our annual pig roast so get their early!

Injury Report:
OUT: D Michael Harrington (season-ending foot surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: D Axel Sjoberg; F Dominique Badji; F Keven Doyle

ONE YELLOW FROM SUSPENSION: D James Riley (3 games for good behavior reduction); D Jared Watts; M Sam Cronin; M Lucas Pittinari

International Abasences:
Ireland: F Kevin Doyle
Panama: F Gabriel Torres (may not leave until tomorrow)
U.S.A. U-23s: M Dillon Serna

FSL has one player our injured and one big player questionable, Javi Morales.  Morales is FSL's offense this season so it would be great for us if he's unable to play.  My guess at the XI: 

If either Doyle or Torres are available tomorrow they'll start over Solignac.  Of course this is Pablo and off the horrible defensive outing last week we could see Watts or Greenspan in the back line for no good reason.

Strategic Consideration: Do not, Do Not, DO NOT try to park the bus for 90 minutes and defend the 2 goal RMC lead.  I think our prior attempts have proven that's a bad idea.  Go out and attack, get at least one goal, and I think the RMC is ours as I can't see FSL scoring 3.

Prediction: 2-1 loss. goal by Powers.  Rapids lose the game but win the Cup.  Powers makes up for his penalty kick shank in Sandy by scoring what turns out to be the Cup winning goal.  Colorado is also officially eliminated from the playoffs making the rest of the season absolutely meaningless.

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