Colorado Rapids vs. Montreal Impact - Three Keys to the Game

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: Players of Montreal Impact and D.C. United react to a free kick at RFK Stadium on April 18, 2012 in Washington, DC. Montreal Impact tied D.C United 1-1. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

After this weekend's game, we've got a long, long wait ahead of us until we get another Colorado Rapids game that actually matters. (The Open Cup, sadly, still doesn't matter and the whole 'buying home field' thing that happened during the week proves why it's still a joke of a competition.) For that reason, this week's Three Keys to the Montreal Impact match are pretty much focused on the team getting three points in any way possible

Here's the three steps I think the team can take to get three points out before the long, international break ahead of us.

Rapids Midfield Possession - Colorado's defense is a bit banged up, as is their strike force. In fact, the midfield is the only place on the team that has a solid and easy to predict lineup with the game coming up, excepting Brian Mullan. (We assume we'll see Tony Cascio, Jeff Larentowicz, Martin Rivero and Jaime Castrillon come Saturday.) That's a solid four there and with the defense and strikers questionable the midfield's play will drive the team either to victory or failure. Specifically, the midfield possession needs to be as good as it has been in the Rapids best games this season.

Give It Your All - Against Sporting Kansas City, the Rapids came out pretty slowly and looked very tentative after a bunch of injuries and a terrible performance against DC United. They won't have the luxury of doing that against a Montreal team that has quickfired early in a few games this season and has some speed on their offense including our old weapon Sanna Nyassi. The team might pick up a few knocks if they put in a tough, gritty 100% game against the Impact, but they'll have 21 days to get better. There's no better time to push themselves completely and go for three points than this game.

Shots, Shots, Shots Shots Shots Shots - Montreal have not been good on the road. In fact, their defensive mettle has been pretty terrible all around, but especially on the road. The Rapids have had some don'tshootitis lately, and that needs to stop. The more they shoot against a weak Montreal defense, the more chances they'll have to score. That sounds obvious, but with all the games that have ended with the Rapids half shooting the other team this year it needs to be said! SHOOT THE BALL GUYS

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