"The Tyranny of Low Expectations" was penned by our very own Rapids Rabbi
"Rapids Fans Just Want to Know What is Going On" by the South Stands.
Both articles are great looks at what is going on in Commerce City and whether anything can be done to fix it. Things are not good right now as it seems like the Rapids are settling for ties at home rather than stomping on the throat of an opponent and punishing them for daring to come to 5,280 feet.
And heck, let's not forget that record: 2-4-9. Yikes. Ouch. Sigh. Just makes us here at Burgundy Wave very, very sad.
But the Rapids still have a chance to turn things around and that can start with their trip to Orlando City to take on the Lions tonight. Can the Rapids do it?
Thus, the goal is simple for our Boys: Go into the Citrus Bowl and grab all three points.
What to Watch For:
1) Busy Week: The Rapids are in the middle of a three week stretch where they are playing two games a week. Last week they played FC Dallas in MLS play and Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in US Open Cup play. This week they are at the Lions tonight and then off to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. And next week they have Houston Dynamo on the road in the fifth round of the Cup and then back home on the 4th to play Vancouver Whitecaps. Yikes.
2) Squad Depth: Because of this, the squad depth is going to be tested in a big way. Three games in seven days means you may see different faces playing together, but if the Rapids are going to have any shot of getting through this, they will need to test that depth and chemistry of the team.
3) Scoring Woes: Let's face it, the Rapids suck when it comes to scoring. The time for sugar coating it is over. The Rapids suck when it comes to finding the back of the net. If you take out the 4-0 drubbing of FC Dallas, the Rapids have scored only 8 goals all year (0.57 goals per game). That is not a winning team.
4) Now or Never (is this it for the Rapids): Let's face facts here: the Rapids have not been eliminated from any competition at this point and there is still everything to play for. But when you look at the schedule, and their inability to string wins together (let alone win a game) the Rapids are running out of time. They can no longer afford a tie when a win is required. They can no longer provide excuses to their terrible form. Put up or shut up, Rapids. The time for you to show if you have what it takes in this league is here. Do it, or go home.
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
Assistant Referees: Sean Hurd and Kevin Klinger
Fourth Official: Mark Kadlecik
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Axel Sjoberg and Juan Ramirez. Orlando--OUT: Kevin Molino, Martin Patterson, Tony Cascio, and Aurelien Collin.
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, June 24 at 5:30 PM MDT
Venue: The Citrus Bowl--Orlando, Florida
Weather: At kickoff, 83 degrees, 75% humidity and a 58% chance of Thunderstorms.
Television: Altitude TV
Radio: 1600 AM (English) or 1650 AM (Spanish)
OnLine: MLS Live
Predicted Starting XI
Due to the insane level of stubborn that exists in Pablo Mastroeni, I suspect he will he will continue the exercise in futility that is the 4-2-3-1 and go with this lineup:
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Drew Moor, Bobby Burling, Michael Harrington, Marcelo Sarvas, Sam Cronin, Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres, Luis Solignac
But hey, maybe, just maybe we try a 4-1-3-2 and see what happens:
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Drew Moor, Bobby Burling, Michael Harrington, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres, Luis Solignac, Kevin Doyle
I know it won't happen, but really, what is the actual harm in, you know, trying something different?
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