It's been a while since we've seen some Rapids soccer, but we're finally getting back in the swing of things with a three-game bonanza over the next 10 days. That will start with a home match against the New England Revolution, a team quite similar to our own over here. Since we're not quite as inundated with information about our Eastern Conference foes as we are about our Western Conference rivals, Steve Stoehr from The Bent Musket and I exchanged a couple questions ahead of the game tonight.
You can find his answers to my Revs queries below, and head over to The Bent Musket for my answers to his questions about our Rapids.
BW: We've been hearing a lot of Rookie of the Year talk around these parts because Dillon Powers has been playing out of his mind at times, but I'm curious about the first overall pick from that draft. How's Andrew Ferrell been doing in his rookie campaign?
TBM: Farrell's been a revelation. He has speed, technique, and defensive acumen, and all of those things have been on display this year. His final product at times leaves something to be desired - meaning his somewhat atrocious crossing ability and occasional propensity to misplace a pass - but overall he's locked down the right side of defense and performed admirably while doing it. He's started every game he's played, missing one through injury and one through suspension, and at this point his name is automatic on the team sheet.
BW: Shamelessly copying you, give us an under-the-radar player from the Revs to watch out for on Wednesday.
TBM: Keep your eyes trained on young master Scott Caldwell. The Revs took him as a homegrown player after his senior year at Akron, where he was an offensive standout and a College Cup champion. He made the conversion to holding midfield - as many collegiate attacking midfielders do - and was set to compete with guys like Kalifa Cisse (Premier League pedigree), Clyde Simms (the incumbent and an MLS veteran), and Andy Dorman (known quantity with experience in Scotland, England, and at the international level with Wales) for a spot in the middle of the park. Even when the Revs settled on their current 4-1-4-1/4-1-2-3 look, it was expected that Caldwell would be a reserve and a project player whose impact would be most felt in years to come.
BW: Starting XI and scoreline?
TBM: Bobby Shuttleworth; Chris Tierney, Jose Goncalves, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Farrell; Scott Caldwell; Diego Fagundez, Kelyn Rowe, Lee Nguyen, Saer Sene; Chad Barrett
Thanks again to Steve, check out The Bent Musket for some late reading on the game tonight!