KANSAS CITY, KS - JULY 06: Goalkeeper Matt Pickens #18 of the Colorado Rapids makes a save as C.J. Sapong #17 of Sporting Kansas City attempts a header during the game on July 6, 2011 at LiveStrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
We're all hoping that an up and down season for the Colorado Rapids so far will end up in yet another home win -- it's been that predictable of a year so far. Sadly, injuries have started to creep up on the team which will make the home fans a bit more nervous as Sporting Kansas City, slumping as they may be, look to regain their own form at DSGP Saturday night.
Both teams are coming in off of forgettable nights, with Kansas on a three game losing streak with a frustrating 2-1 loss to the Chicago Fire the most recent and the Rapids trying to shake off a 2-0 dismantling at the hands of DC United. The Rapids can blame injuries for some of their problems -- Marvell Wynne missing in particular has hurt the Rapids, along with Pablo Mastroeni, Omar Cummings and now Brian Mullan.
SKC will have a player missing as well as Roger Espinoza will serve his one game suspension for a red card earned during the Chicago match. It will be the Rapids line up that will be the more intriguing though, with Harrison Henao and Edu both likely to make their first ever starts (and first ever appearance in the case of Henao) in Rapids uniforms.
This has all the classic looks of a trap game for the Rapids, Kansas City are coming in desperate for points but still have one of the top talented squads in the league, especially at forward. The Rapids are injured and are notably weak in the center of defense at the moment with Marshall in. Of course, it's been sparkling defense that has been the trademark of Colorado at home this season, so perhaps our worries are unfounded.
It also helps that we have 'Wizard Killer' Conor Casey back in the line up in the nick of time.