The Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy meet for the final time tonight at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and for the Rapids this is an important match as they look to continue their climb back into the Western Conference Playoff picture. The Rapids are still eight points from the redline and this one will be huge for them.
The Goal for the Rapids: All Three Points
What to Watch For:
1) An Opportunity: The Galaxy could be missing multiple important pieces going into this clash due to injury and the Rapids must take advantage of this.
2) Pablo's Growth: The Rapids Gaffer is 4-0-0 in his last four matches and seems to be growing as a manager and learning how to manage players better then he has in the past. There is still much for him to do to convince supporters that he is the right person for this job. A win against the Galaxy will help not only the table position for the Rapids but also the overall feelings about Pablo Mastroeni. I am not saying that everything will be fine if the Rapids win, but it will be helpful for him and the club.
3) The buzz: Will the positive feels from the All-Star game continue for the Rapids and be built upon, or will the Rapids pull a Rapids and lose at home. Things are feeling great in Commerce City, but a win would be nice to keep things going.
Referee: Juan Guzman Jr
Assistant Referees: Joe Fletcher and Kyle Atkins
Fourth Official: Alex Chilowicz
Injuries: Colorado--LISTED ON REPORT: Axel Sjoberg and Lucas Pittinari. Los Angeles--OUT: Brian Perk. QUESTIONABLE: Jose Villarreal, Baggio Husidic, Robbie Keane, Steven Gerrard and Todd Dunivant
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 1 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
TV Information: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio: 1600 AM (English Language Broadcast) and 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
Tickets: Colorado Rapids or (303) 825-GOAL
Supporters Information: Centennial 38 or Stout Street Bulldogs
Weather at Kickoff: 85 degrees and partly cloudy
Predicted Starting XI:
After two weeks off, the bulk of the team should be fairly healthy and as such Pablo should have a full complement to choose from as he makes his selections. This is a best guess going into this one, and should be taken with the proverbial grain of salt:
Clint Irwin, Michael Harrington, Drew Moor, Jared Watts, James Riley, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Powers, Sam Cronin, Juan Ramirez, Kevin Doyle, Vicente Sanchez.
This will serve as your official Burgundy Wave game thread for this Western Conference clash. Check back for commentary, opinion and more!