Friday, April 22, 2016

Rapids Face Sounders Without Ex-Sounder

Flipping the coin at the 5-1 win in 2013

I'd be happy to have another result like that one tomorrow night.  Without ex-Sounder Marco Pappa though, that might be asking a lot.  Of course Seattle is beat up as well, so it could be an interesting game.  Game time tomorrow is 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4.  Marlon Hairston will be recording an interview segment for the C38 podcast around 5:30 though he won't be signing autographs.  Those of you who can't be there can see it on Altitude.

Player Availability:
OUT: D Marlon Hairston (hamstring); D Sean St. Ledger (knee); M Marco Pappa (knee)
QUESTIONABLE: D Axel Sjoberg (hamstring); D Jared Watts (knee); M Dillon Powers (hamstring); F Kevin Doyle (shin)
UNAVAILABLE: D Joseph Greenspan (Navy duty)

Seattle has 5 players questionable or worse including Dempsey and Valdez.  Who can actually go tomorrow night is going to go a long way in deciding this one.

Starting XI Prediction:

This assumes that anyone on the injury report isn't ready to start.  If healthy I could see Sjoberg pushing Miller outside and Burch to the bench and I could see Doyle starting for Solignac.  I'd rather see Serna starting over Badji but Pablo seems fond of him.

Prediction: 1-1 draw, goal by Solignac.  The injuries on both sides will make this game choppy.  I think both sides will struggle to dominate the game and that will lead to a draw.  Jones springs Solignac for ours.

Just a note.  I've got some stuff going on for the next week or two so posts might be shorter and/or infrequent for the next couple of weeks.

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