The Injury Bug Bites The Rapids

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Spor

How have the Rapids expectations changed with the Vicente Sanchez injury?

Being without their leading scorer is not the only concern for the Colorado Rapids going into this weeks two matches. Mainly with reigning ROY Dillon Powers battling nagging injuries and a rotating cast on defense the Rapids will have to hang on to their playoff spot they currently hold. Vicente Sanchez will most likely not be back before the World Cup break which will end on June 28th. Although the shorter estimate will put him back for the first match-up against Oscar Pareja and FC Dallas. Which is scheduled for June 7th in Dallas.

The Rapids will have a tough choice when to bring back Sanchez. How much do they need him in the short run to accomplish their goals this season? Leave Sanchez out until after the World Cup break and he'll have missed more than 20% percent of the season.Without Sanchez on the pitch it looked pretty plain out there. With the Rapids offense barely getting on the score sheet. Where will the team get his vision for the game on the field? I still have questions about who is leading this team upfront through the midfield. The defense is showing up for every game except in Seattle. Which is the toughest place to play this year.

What I think will happen is Sanchez is out until after the World Cup break. The Rapids will tie struggle to score but due to the play of Clint Irwin and the Captain Drew Moor and his back line Colorado will be in most of the games and hopefully win the three at home. Going to Salt Lake is always tough and I wish Powers would rest to be fully healthy for that match but it looks like he will come back at the latest against Chivas on mothers day. Best case scenario is third place in the Western Conference at the World Cup break. Worst case is that the bottom falls out when the Rapids can't score and the fans are just hoping for the transfer window to get more midfield help. Even with Sanchez back he is less than hopeful to stay healthy the rest of the season. It sure seems the season is riding on the knee of Vicente Sanchez.

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