Sure, the Colorado Rapids can win at Sporting Kansas City and in turn grab their first win since August 29.
But they probably will not. They are just not good right now and Sporting Kansas City can clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Rapids. So, no, I do not think that the Rapids will pull off a shock upset and win.
However, that is why they play the game.
The Goal for the Rapids: Try and snap their five game losing streak
What to Watch For
1) The RapKids: The Rapids have nothing to play for and it would be nice to see Pablo Mastroeni run out a young lineup and get some of the reserves some time. I know you want to try and win every game and Mastroeni seems to think that veterans are the way to do that (the eight wins this season would seem to suggest his thinking is flawed). Look, this season is completely lost: run the kids out there and see what happens.
2) Pablo's Last Stand: Will Pablo Mastroeni be back? Will the Rapids hire an offensive minded assistant to help him? Are we witnessing the end of the Pablo era in Colorado? Everything seems to be pointing to PM coming back, but with the Rapids, no one really knows.
3) The Spoiler: The Rapids have a legitimate shot at playing spoiler. They take on Sporting and Portland Timbers this week and they could put a serious crimp in plans for those two teams in making the playoffs. Now both Portland and Sporting can make the playoffs even if they lose to the Rapids, but both will want a win. It would be great to see the Rapids take on that spoiler hat and win their final two.
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante and Anthony Vasoli
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Michael Harrington, Dillon Serna, Jared Watts. Kansas City--QUESTIONABLE: Ike Opara, Roger Espinoza, Matt Besler, Kevin Ellis, Soni Mustivar, Seth Sinovic.
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 PM MDT
Venue: Sporting Park--Kansas City, Kansas
TV Information: Altitude 2 (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio Information: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) and 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
OnLine: MLS Live (blackouts apply)
Predicted Starting XI:
So what will Pablo Mastroeni and the Rapids do in this one? Will Pablo play the veterans or the kids? Or a combination of both? Here is my predicted Starting XI:
Clint Irwin, Maynor Figueroa, Sean St. Ledger, Axel Sjoberg, Drew Moor, Sam Cronin, Lucas Pittinari, Juan Ramirez, Dillon Powers, Vicente Sanchez, Kevin Doyle
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