The Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes have been never accused of playing the most beautiful soccer when the two teams have gotten together. But beauty or not--tonight is a must win for both clubs. The Quakes have not won in nearly two months and the Rapids are winless in two. Something has to change tonight and both clubs playoff lives are hanging in the balance.
The Goal for the Rapids: Win. Anyway. Anyhow.
What to Watch For
1) What A Week: It has been a hell of a week for the Rapids. They attempted the Fan Forum which was a colossal failure. They have had season ticket holders saying they were done with the team, and yet somehow everything is rosy in Commerce City. I am pretty sure they are looking forward to getting to San Jose and playing this game.
2) They can't beat San Jose: San Jose has had the Rapids number. In fact they have not defeated the Quakes since 2011 and they last several contests have been brutal draws. Can things change? Probably not, but you never know.
3) Playoffs: Look, I do not care what Pablo is saying, it ain't gonna happen. But if it was gonna, this one is a must win.
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referee: George Gransner and Apolinar Mariscal
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Lucas Pittinari, Luis Solignac, James Riley. LISTED ON REPORT: Joseph Greenspan. San Jose--OUT: Innocent, Steven Lenhart. LISTED ON REPORT: Clarence Goodson, Matias Perez Garcia
Suspensions: Colorado--Axel Sjoberg. San Jose--Fatai Alashe
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Friday, August 14 at 9:00 PM MDT
Venue: Avaya Stadium--San Jose, California
TV Information: UniMas
Radio Information: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) and 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
Predicted Starting XI:
The $64,000 question when it comes to the Rapids. Who will be in the Starting XI in any match. I am going to go with my heart (which is always illogical) over my head which is sometimes correct:
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Drew Moor, Jared Watts, Michael Harrington, Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers, Marcelo Sarvas, Juan Ramirez, Kevin Doyle, Gabriel Torres
It is important to note that it would not shock me to see Maynor Figueroa (pending his ITC) or Sean St. Ledger make their debut. But again, this is all conjecture as Pablo tends to go rogue in his decisions.
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