Friday, September 16, 2016

Play To Win

Pretty sure I've used this one before

Tomorrow night we start the critical final seven game run to the playoffs.  We still have a shot at the Shield, the top spot in the West, or a CCL spt (or possibly all 3).  The run has to start now with a win over San Jose in 24 hours.  The problem?  We're 0 for our last 13 against SJ and 0 for our last 10 against them here in Colorado.  That streak has to change tomorrow.  Game time is 7pm so the tailgate starts a 4.  Altitude will have the broadcast with Fleming and 'Celo.

Player Availability:
OUT: D Bobby Burling (toe); M Dillon Serna (season ending ACL tear); M Jermaine Jones (quad); F Kevin Doyle (toe)
QUESTIONABLE: D Sean St. Ledger (knee)
ONE YELLOW FROM SUSPENSION: M Micheal Azira (5 games until good behavior reduction)

Nothing good about that list.  While Doyle, Serna, and St. Ledger are no surprise everyone was hoping Burling and Doyle would be available.  San Jose is missing 5 players to injury with former Rapid Amarikwa listed as questionable

Starting XI Prediction:

There's actually a number of ways Pablo could go.  We could see Gashi up top with Pappa (or Powers) in the hole behind him.  We could see Pappa on the outside or Powers at d-mid.  We could see Watts in the middle of the back line and Miller outside or on the bench.  This is my best guess though.

Prediction: 1-0 win, goal by Gashi.  SJ has a worse offense than we do so even missing Burling I think we get a shut out.  The real key will be finding a winning goal against the 3rd best defense.  Two great defenses, two bad offenses, this won't be thrilling soccer.

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