When the Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake together it is always a testy and hard fought 90 minutes with many of them (except 2014) close. This year is an interesting year for the Rocky Mountain Cup as both clubs seem to be in some form of transition. What will the 2015 edition bring? Time will tell, but for the Rapids this match is a must win.
The goal for the Rapids: win.
What To Watch For:
1) A Must Win: the term "must win" is bandied about too much in sports but for the Rapids, a team that is in dead last in the Western Conference, this is a must win. Let alone this gets them closer to playoff positioning, but after two losses where the effort seemed to be lacking, the Rapids fan base wants this badly. The fan base is upset, calling for the head of Pablo Mastroeni, and nothing short of all three points will be satisfying.
2) A Break: The Rapids are catching a bit of a break as both Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando are expected out on International Duty with the United States. Rimando is the best goal keeper in the league and Beckerman is the lynch pin that makes the RSL offense go. Will it matter? Ultimately that is up to the Rapids to take advantage of the situation that is presented to them.
3) The Formation: Mastroeni looked truly out of his element with his formation and Starting XI choice against Portland Timbers last weekend and a major question is whether or not he has learned from it. This will be a major story line going into this one.
Referee: Kevin Stott
Assistant Referees: Felisha Mariscal and Paul Scott
Fourth Official: Nima Saghafi
Injuries: Colorado--LISTED ON REPORT: Marlon Hairston. Real Salt Lake: OUT: Chris Schuler. LISTED ON REPORT: Tony Beltran
International Absences: Colorado--Shane O'Neill and Dillon Serna. Real Salt Lake--Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Boyd Okwuonu, and Jordan Allen
How To Watch:
Match Date/Time: Sunday, June 7 at 3:00 PM MDT
Venue: Rio Tinto Stadium--Sandy, Utah
TV Information: ESPN 2 and ESPN Deportes
OnLine: Watch ESPN and MLS Live
Predicted Starting XI:
And now the tough part. Have the Rapids learned from the last two matches? Are they going to be prepared to play in this one? This is the major area where Mastroeni can have an impact. Let's see if he does:
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Axel Sjoberg, Drew Moor, Michael Harrington, Sam Cronin, Juan Ramirez, Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres, Luis Solignac, Kevin Doyle.
And for the formation:
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