When Colorado Rapids and Real Salt Lake get together it is always a fun and festive atmosphere and in this second leg of the 2015 edition of the Rocky Mountain Cup, there is a whole lot on the line. This is an off year for both the Rapids and RSL and besides wanting to win the RMC, both clubs need a result in this to keep playoff hopes alive.
For the Rapids, the goal is simple: win
What to Watch For
1) Stick with the 4-3-3: Rapids Head Coach Pablo Mastroeni has taken a great deal of grief this season for his lineup selection and his formation. But against Vancouver Whitecaps, Pablo changed the formation (from a 4-2-3-1) and it lead to the second highest offensive output in a match this year. Pablo, keep the 4-3-3
2) An opportunity: RSL is missing three sure fire starters in this one and the Rapids have a chance to win against a depleted RSL team. If ever the Rapids were going to get a win against Real, this is the night.
3) Momentum: The playoffs still seem a road too far, but there is still hope if they can get three points in this one. The Rapids have 3 of 4 at home and if they can grab three wins in their next four, the playoffs still could be possible.
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
Assistant Referee: Corey Rockwell and Brian Poeschel
Fourth Official: Fotis Bazakos
Injuries: Colorado--LISTED ON REPORT: Juan Ramirez, Axel Sjoberg. Real Salt Lake--OUT: Jamison Olave. LISTED ON REPORT--Justen Glad, Chris Schuler.
Suspensions: Colorado--NONE. Real Salt Lake--Abdoulie Mansally
International Call-Ups: Colorado--Gabriel Torres. Real Salt Lake--Kyle Beckerman, Nick Rimando, Demar Phillips, Alvaro Saborio, Elias Vasquez
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, July 11 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Ticket Information: coloradorapids.com or 303-825-GOAL
TV Information: Altitude Sports
Radio: 1600 AM (English) 1650 AM (Spanish)
OnLine: MLS Live
Predicted Starting XI
The Rapids have the look of a team that is about to go on a run and I think the switch to the 4-3-3 will be something that we see going forward. With that in mind, here is my predicted starting XI:
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Drew Moor, Bobby Burling, Michael Harrington, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Powers, Sam Cronin, Luis Solignac, Kevin Doyle, Vicente Sanchez
This will serve as your official Burgundy Wave game thread for this match against Real Salt Lake. Please check back opinion, analysis and commentary about Leg Two of the Rocky Mountain Cup.