Friday, April 7, 2017

Border War Week Starts Sunday

Kansas to the East, Utah to the West

Hey, we're actually playing soccer again.  Its been so long I almost forgot the season started.  Its a par of border clashes in 7 days.  First on Sunday we invade Kansas, then on the following Saturday we defend our turf from Utah.  Game time on Sunday is 5pm, with the Rapids getting national exposure against Sporting on FS1.  Centennial 38 is celebrating the reopening of the Celtic at their new location (14th & Market) for their watch party.

Player Availability:
Injury Report:
OUT: GK John Berner (wrist); D Axel Sjoberg (hamstring surgery)
QUESTIONABLE: F Alan Gordon (hamstring)

This is the (now) "unofficial" injury report from the league's site.  It could be updated when the Rapids release their game preview tomorrow.  Gordon is the only surprise on this report.  The SporKCs have one player out and one questionable.

Predicting the starting XI after the Burch/Cronin trade will be a little difficult but here's my take:

I don't expect either of our new acquisitions to start but I wouldn't be surprised to see them on the bench.  There was a rumor floating around that Boateng was nursing an injury, if so Saeid could step into that role.

Prediction: 0-0 draw.  KC has only allowed 1 goal this year and we've only allowed 3, 1 by PK.  This has the makings of a very boring, defensive battle.  If I'm going to predict one team scoring its more likely KC.

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