Friday, August 19, 2016

Rapids Face Mickey Mouse Team

Any team with Brek Shea is a Mickey Mouse team

Our one home game in this important stretch of five games tomorrow.  Its also Orlando City's first ever trip to Colorado.  Its a big match for Colorado as Dallas and FSL play each other so a win will either put more distance between us and the west-siders before next week's RMC match or it will close the gap on Dallas (or both if they tie).  Kickoff is at 7pm so the tailgate starts at 4.  If you can't make it you can choose between the final full night of Olympic coverage or Fleming and Balboa on Alttidue.

Player Availability:
OUT: M Dillon Serna (season ending ACL tear)
QUESTIONABLE: D Sean St. Ledger (knee); M Jermaine Jones (quad)

Orlando has four players out and two that are day-to-day.  We know from yesterday's news that Jones will not be available.  Maybe we see St. Ledger on the bench but I doubt it.

Starting XI Prediction:

I hope that Pablo learned from last week that Badji and Powers shouldn't be starting and Le Toux and Azira should be.  Those are the only two question marks I have on this lineup, everything else seems obvious.

Prediction: 1-0 win, goal by Gashi.  Orlando isn't a good road team and they have a lousy defense.  They've got a pretty good offense but as we've seen this year (outside of NYC), good offenses haven't scared the Rapids.  We can't expect the Rapids to make ti easy, they never make it easy, but 3 points should be the expectation and the result tomorrow.

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