The monster road trip begins for the Colorado Rapids as they head to Harrison, New Jersey to take on the only undefeated team in Major League Soccer, the New York Red Bulls. The Red Bulls bring a 3-0-3 record into the match while the Rapids are 1-2-4.
What is the Goal for the Rapids in this one: any positive result will do.
What To Watch For:
1) The Measure of a Team: Make no mistake about it, this is a brutal stretch of games. It is one thing to play in New York one day and then Los Angeles three days later. But the fact that the two teams are such quality squads will test this Rapids team like no other. It will show us who and what this team is.
2) Goal Scoring: A tactical issue: We had a couple of terrific articles this week from Chris and the Rapids Rabbi talking tactics. I believe there is plenty of talent on this team to win games, but it seems that coaching and tactical choices are hindering the ability to score goals. Will this change? It has to if the Rapids are going to be successful this year.
3) Results Can Be Had: Yes, New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy are damn fine teams. They have quality all over the pitch, but there are opportunities to grab results. But it is going to take a total team effort, squad rotation, and composure to finish chances and staying compact in the back. Can this team do it? We will find out tonight.
Referee: Mark Geiger
Assistant Referees: Greg Barkey and Brian Dunn
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Marcelo Sarvas. LISTED ON INJURY REPORT: Sam Cronin and Marc Burch. New York Red Bulls--LISTED ON INJURY REPORT: Ronald Zubar
Suspensions: Colorado--Marcelo Sarvas
How To Watch:
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, April 29 at 5:30PM MDT
Venue: Red Bull Arena--Harrison, New Jersey
Television: Altitude TV (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
OnLine: MLS Live
Predicted Starting XI
Squad rotation will be critical over the next two games if the Rapids are going to be successful, so predicting a starting XI will be a bit problematic. Here is my best guess:
Clint Irwin, Michael Harrington, Drew Moor, Shane O'Neill, James Riley, Lucas Pittinari, Nick LaBrocca, Juan Ramirez, Dillon Powers, Dillon Serna, Gabriel Torres.
But again, this is a guess at this point.
This will serve as your official Burgundy Wave game thread for this tilt against the Red Bulls. Check back for game recaps, commentary and opinion throughout the day!