Friday, April 15, 2016

Snow Clasico 2: Electric Boogaloo

Sno fro!

The Rapids are scheduled to play RBNY tomorrow.  I say scheduled because the Winter Storm Warning that's on for the Denver area has everyone watching the Rapids social media accounts to see if this one is rescheduled.  The last time this happened, the opener in March of 2013, it wasn't until 9:30 Saturday morning that the game was rescheduled.  Looking back at that weather report there's a lot of similarities about the storms though there seems to be more question marks around this one than 2013. 

Why aren't the Rapids taking any excuse to delay this game? We've already played 2 games this week. We've got a short bench. If we get this delayed until later in the season we'd have Howard. Why wouldn't we use the snowstorm as an excuse? KC pulled it on us last year under similar player availability conditions (though it backfired on them).

If the game is changed I will post the info here ASAP.  Game time tomorrow if there is no change is 7pm and C38 will have some sort of tailgate.  For those who don't want to go out in the snowstorm (which may include me) the game will be on Altitude.

Player Availability:
OUT: D Marlon Hairston (hamstring); D Sean St. Ledger (knee injury); D Jared Watts (knee); F Kevin Doyle (shin)
UNAVAILABLE: D Joseph Greenspan (Navy duty)

KC has three players out and one probable.  For the Rapids its looking better.  Williams is back and Jones is now eligible.  Still come off of a midweek game we may see some shuffling.

Starting XI Prediction:

There's some talk that Jones could play CB, presumably if Sjoberg can't go, but I'd be surprised to see him there.  I think Pablo goes with the hot hand and plays Solignac up top again.  Both Powers and Sjoberg traveled to KC so I think their missing of the game was a way to rest them for this game.  We could see Serna possibly as well.

Prediction: Game rescheduled for later in the season

If the game is played this weekend: 1-0 win, goal by Jones.  NY is also on short rest and playing at altitude and in weather.  They haven't had much of an offense lately and our defense is pretty stout.  This sets up for Jermaine Jones to make a big impact in his first game.

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