The Colorado Rapids season is hanging by a thread but for their opponent, Toronto FC, everything is on the line as they look to grab their first playoff berth in franchise history. The Rapids have not won in two matches and will be looking to stop that slide and claim their second consecutive win in Toronto.
The Goal for the Rapids: Grab a road result
What to Watch For
1) Playing out the String: The Rapids playoff lives are currently on life support and the electricity is fading. Sure, 'technically' they can still make the playoffs, but that is not likely. For the Rapids it is about playing the rest of the season with professionalism and to see what players should be on the roster in 2016.
2) That being said, this is a winnable game: Seriously. It is winnable. The Toronto defense is terrible. Absolutely terrible. TFC has given up the second most goals in Major League Soccer and even with the putrid Rapids offense, the Burgundy Boys have a shot.
3) Pablo on the Hot Seat? Not so much: By now you have heard the gut wrenching news that the Rapids are letting everyone know they have zero ambition by announcing that Pablo Mastroeni is coming back in 2016. Thanks Rapids for ruining 2016 before it even starts.
Referee: Mathieu Bordeau
Assistant Referees: Daniel Belleau and Gianni Facchini
Fourth Official: Silviu Petrescu
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Axel Sjoberg, Kevin Doyle, Dominique Badji LISTED ON REPORT: Luis Solignac. Toronto--OUT: Mark Bloom, Daniel Lovitz, Clement Simonin, Ashtone Morgan. DOUTFUL: Jackson
Suspensions: Colorado--NONE. Toronto: Ahmad Kantari
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, September 19 at 12:00 PM MDT
Venue: BMO Field--Toronto, Ontario
TV Information: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio Information: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) and 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
OnLine Viewing: MLS Live (Blackouts apply)
Predicted Starting XI
Well, the Rapids Starting XI is usually a crap shoot as Mastroeni knows how to play defense but has no clue how to do things on the offensive end. That being said, here is my best guess (4-2-3-1)
Clint Irwin, Maynor Figueroa, Sean St. Ledger, Bobby Burling, Drew Moor, Sam Cronin, Marcelo Sarvas, Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers, Vicente Sanchez, Luis Solignac
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