When the Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact get together they have a tendency to score goals and it usually leads to some exciting and fun soccer. For the Rapids, they are hosting their final home game of the dreadful 2015 season and this is their last chance to show the fans they can win a game. For the Impact, this is a must win if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. Needless to say, this should be a fun one.
The Goal for Colorado: Win one for the fans
What to Watch For
1) The Last Stand: could this be the last home game for Rapids gaffer Pablo Mastroeni? Or will the Rapids keep him for 2016? All the reports state that decision is already made that he is coming back, so this question may be moo. (Yep, that is a Joey reference).
2) It's over, play the young guys: Both Zero X and the Rapids Rabbi had great articles this week about the need to play the young guys in this one. Both do you think that Pablo would actually do that? You know, play the RapKids? I doubt it seriously.
3) Can the Rapids Win? Sure, they can. But color me skeptical right now. I just can't see it happening.
Referee: Juan Guzman
Assistant Referees: Brian Poeschel and Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Michael Harrington. LISTED ON REPORT: Axel Sjoberg. Montreal--OUT: Cameron Porter, Kenny Cooper. LISTED ON REPORT: Justin Mapp, Kyle Bekker.
International Call-Ups: Colorado--Kevin Doyle, Maynor Figueroa, Dillon Serna, Gabriel Torres. Montreal--Kyle Bekker, Maxim Crepeau, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Wandrille Lefevre, Ambroise Oyongo, Maxim Tissot, Johan Venegas.
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, October 10 at 4:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Ticket Information: (303) 825-GOAL or coloradorapids.com
TV Information: Altitude Sports
Radio Information: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
Supporters Information: Stout Street Supporters
Weather at Kickoff: 84 degrees and sunny skies
OnLine Viewing: MLS Live
Predicted Starting XI
Well, well, well. Now isn't this an interesting question. How will the Rapids line-up? So I am going to throw this out based on what I want to see and what Pablo will actually do:
The John Starting XI!!!
(4-1-3-2): Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Sean St. Ledger, Drew Moor (c), Marlon Hairston, Jared Watts, Juan Ramirez, Dillon Powers, Charles Eloundou, Caleb Calvert, Dominique Badji
The Pablo Starting XI
(4-2-3-1): Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Sean St. Ledger, Bobby Burling, Drew Moor, Lucas Pittinari, Marcelo Sarvas, Nick LaBrocca, Dillon Powers, Vicente Sanchez, Luis Solignac
So there you have it Rapids fans! The last home game of the season is upon us and this will serve as your official Burgundy Wave game thread. Check back for analysis, opinion and more!