The Colorado Rapids and Chicago Fire take the pitch for the only time in 2015 tonight in a battle for teams mired at the bottom of their conferences and desperate for points. Who will come out and play and grab the victory? Here is hoping the Burgundy Boys figure out their problems and come up with a game plan that allows them to pull and upset and take all three points.
The Goal for the Rapids: Play attractive attacking soccer in Illinois.
What to Watch For:
1) Eerily Similar: The 2015 season is feeling a whole lot 2014 right now. In 2014, the last Rapids victory was July 25. In 2015, the last Rapids victory was July 18. Similar? Yes, for sure. Different? Probably. First off, the Rapids schedule is a bit more favorable this year and their health is much better. Will this be the game that they break their road duck and get back to their winning ways? We shall see.
2) Captain Colorado: With Sam Cronin out tonight, who will wear the Armband? The money should be on Drew Moor, but Pablo Mastroeni has shown a certain unpredictability in his selections
3) The Final XI: The final 11 games are about Pablo Mastroeni and his ability to be a coach in Major League Soccer. He has to perform well and show growth and more importantly get a victory. Can Pablo put a lineup out there that is capable of winning soccer games? Can he put a lineup out there that can demonstrate attacking intent? Can Pablo actually figure it all out before the end of the year? Chicago is a place to start.
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referee: Jonathan Johnson and Jason White
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Luis Solignac. LISTED ON REPORT: Lucas Pittinari, James Riley, Jared Watts and Joseph Greenspan. Chicago--OUT: Adailton. QUESTIONABLE: David Accam. LISTED ON REPORT: Gilberto
Suspensions: Colorado--Sam Cronin. Chicago--NONE
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 22 at 6:30 PM MDT
Venue: Toyota Park--Bridgeview, Illinois
Television: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) and 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
OnLine Information: MLS Live (Blackouts apply)
Predicted Starting XI:
The Rapids have a great opportunity to win a road game but it starts and ends with the lineup that is placed on the pitch. If Pablo puts a defensive formation on the pitch, it is more fodder for those who says he does not know what he is doing and unable to learn. Here is my best guess of a starting lineup:
Clint Irwin, Maynor Figueroa, Sean St. Ledger, Bobby Burling, Drew Moor, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Powers, Dillon Serna, Gabriel Torres, Kevin Doyle, Vicente Sanchez.
This will serve as your official Burgundy Wave game thread for this match. Check back for commentary, opinion and analysis!