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The Daily Wave: Calm Before The Storm

Gabriel Torres and Deshorn Brown get one more taste of World Cup qualifiers, and then they will need to land back in Colorado with a full head of steam.

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There are a couple Rapids-related World Cup questions to be answered before the Rapids regroup tomorrow:

  • Will the US finally put Gabriel Torres and Panama's slim World Cup playoff chances to rest?
  • Can Deshorn Brown make a name for himself in a Jamaica jersey against Honduras?
  • Will either of these guys ever lead their countries to a World Cup?
  • Was that really BounaTime in the nets for Senegal against Ivory Coast?
  • Can you name the 20 players who have played for Colorado and in a World Cup?
  • Which current Rapids player is most likely to become #21 on that list?

Then things get interesting. The Rapids have (bizarrely-scheduled) back-to-back games against the Vancouver Whitecaps, a team that is peaking at the proverbial right time. The Caps won big in Seattle last week to keep their playoff hopes alive, and they would like nothing more than to get 3 points in Denver to make their home leg as hostile an environment as possible. And of course the evil Earthquakes are lurking, looking to (whine, kick and) elbow their way past the Rapids if Colorado slips up.

After their international trips, Torres and Brown will need to quickly get settled and focused on the Rapids, and help provide the spark the team was missing in San Jose.