The yellow card that Colorado Rapids defender Drew Moor picked up against the Chicago Fire guaranteed a single game suspension for the Rapids iron-man, meaning that he will miss the upcoming game against the league-leading Los Angeles Galaxy. That not only ends his record breaking streak of most 90 minute games played in a row in the MLS regular season but it also makes the defensive back four for Friday a bit of a question mark.
Usually even if there was an injury or two around the back four, you could count on Drew Moor to be either in the center or the left. Unfortunately, the scenario now looks a lot more muddled.
The depth of the defense is still fairly in question, and with Moor out along with the still-injured Anthony Wallace it will be a hard task to sort out who will go where. Unfortunately, with Moor out of the middle it looks like Tyrone Marshall will have to be paired with the oft-maligned Scott Palguta in the center, unless Gary Smith decides to dust off Mike Holody for some regular season action. That leaves nobody but Danny Earls to man the left side - seriously, he's the last line of defense (pun intended) on the left after Palguta - with only a shift by Scott to the left keeping that spot from being dangerously low on depth.
That pretty much leaves Kosuke Kimura to take the right side, his usual spot and the only opening day starter that we can be sure will be penciled into the line-up. Eddie Ababio will likely get his first taste of the bench for a regular season match with literally nobody else to turn to on the line-up card when it comes to wingbacks.
So look for an Earls - Marshall - Palguta - Kimura defense going into the Los Angles game unless Gary Smith decides to toss out a 3-5-2 formation or something. Color me frightened, personally. If you don't recall, that's almost the same defense that we saw against Real Espana, and against a much better team this time. All I can really say to that is come back soon, Drew. Come back soon.