The Colorado Rapids and Vancouver Whitecaps meet for the third and final time in 2015 and both teams will be looking to secure all three points. The Rapids are in another good run of form but travel to a very difficult venue at BC Place and the Whitecaps will be looking to take their first points off the Rapids in 2015.
The Goal for Colorado: Grab a Result
What to Watch For:
1) Parking that Bus: Does anyone actually think that the Rapids will come out in anything but a defense first formation in this one? Pablo Mastroeni has never been known for his offensive knowledge or tactical acumen (although this appears to be improving) and I cannot see him running out a formation with any other intent then to absorb pressure and attack on the counter.
2) Missing Bodies: Both the Rapids and Whitecaps will be missing folks in this one but it should not change what both teams are going after--the win. The Rapids will be without Drew Moor and Axel Sjoberg and could be missing Kevin Doyle, Maynor Figueroa and Dillon Serna. The Rapids absolutely have to find a way to get a result and they will have to do it without some of their most important pieces.
3) Abandon All Hope: So do the Rapids have any shot in this one? Yes, they do. I know it sounds ludicrous to imagine a scenario where they could actually pull off the upset and grab a win, but they can. Yes, the Caps have all of that speed and youth and are one of the best teams in MLS. It will take more then the Rapids have displayed in the last couple of games, but it is possible.
Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: George Gansner and Jeremy Hanson
Fourth Official: Baboucarr Jallow
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Luis Solignac and Jared Watts. Vancouver--OUT: Ben McKendry. LISTED ON REPORT: Pa Modou Kah and Nicolas Mezquida.
Suspensions: Colorado: Drew Moor and Axel Sjoberg. Vancouver--Kendall Waston and Matias Laba.
International Call-Ups: Colorado--Dillon Serna, Maynor Figueroa and Kevin Doyle. Vancouver--Sam Adekugbe, Russell Teibert and Darren Mattocks.
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, September 9 at 8:00 PM MDT
Venue: BC Place--Vancouver, British Columbia
TV Information: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio Information: 1340 AM (English Language Broadcast) 1650 AM (Spanish Language Broadcast)
OnLine Viewing: MLS Live (Blackouts apply)
Predicted Starting XI
After a week off it is tough to figure out a Starting XI, but here is my best guess and I think the Rapids will line up in the 4-2-3-1--
Clint Irwin, Marc Burch, Sean St. Ledger, Bobby Burling, James Riley, Marcelo Sarvas, Sam Cronin, Nick LaBrocca, Dillon Powers, Gabriel Torres, Dominique Badji
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