This has not been a good day to be a Colorado Rapids supporter. The Rapids sold one key player, signed two more and waived a player. Crazy day indeed in Commerce City. But through all of this, there is a Rapids match versus Columbus Crew SC that is critical for the fading playoff hopes of the Rapids.
The Goal for the Burgundy Boys: win.
What to Watch For:
1) A Response: The Rapids were utter crap against LA Galaxy and embarrassed themselves in front of their home supporters. The playoffs are a road too far for the Rapids, but showing a response after such a poor performance is critical to help raise moral for supporters who are gutted after...
2) Those Moves on Friday: Supporters are wrecked after selling a beloved player who many feel should not have been sold regardless of the reasons. It is tough to figure out the rational, especially after it was made clear earlier this week that Shane O'Neill was not for sale. Supporters want to be patient and want to believe in the plan, but there does not seem to be that concrete plan right now. And sadly, most have lost faith in Tim Hinchey, Paul Bravo and Pablo Mastroeni over the last couple of seasons. The Rapids have a chance to make this right, and a win tonight against the Crew SC will help. But only just a bit.
Referee: Alan Kelly
Assistant Referees: Matthew Nelson and TJ Zablocki
Fourth Official: Younes Marraakchi
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Lucas Pittinari, Luis Solignac and James Riley. LISTED ON REPORT: Joseph Greenspan. Columbus--QUESTIONABLE: Kei Kamara
Suspensions: Colorado--NONE. Columbus--Waylon Francis and Mohammed Saeid
How to Watch:
Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 8 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Ticket Information: Purchase OnLine
TV Information: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio Information: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) and 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
OnLine: MLS Live (blackouts apply)
Predicted Starting XI
Despite all of the craziness from yesterday, there is still a match to play. Here is my best guess Starting XI vs Crew SC in the 4-3-3:
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Drew Moor, Jared Watts, Michael Harrington, Dillon Powers, Marcelo Sarvas, Sam Cronin, Juan Ramirez, Kevin Doyle and Vicente Sanchez.
This will serve as your official Burgundy Wave Game Thread for this match. Please check back for commentary, opinion, and more!