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Western Conference Finals Leg 1: Colorado Rapids Starting XI & Game Thread

Surprise! Gashi’s back!

MLS: Colorado Rapids at Seattle Sounders FC Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long two weeks (and two days) since we last saw our Colorado Rapids play. In the course of those two weeks, Shkëlzen Gashi has been rehabbing his ankle, Tim Howard has had surgery, Jermaine Jones has put in some serious minutes with the USMNT, and everyone else has been working their tails off at home to get ready. The Rapids have beat the Seattle Sounders the last three times the teams have played each other, but the Sounders have since brought on offensive weapon and 2016 MLS Newcomer of the Year Nicolas Lodiero.

Despite the fact that Seattle is struggling with a handful of injuries and came into the playoffs at a lower seed, MLSSoccer.com (and just about everyone else) IS STILL GIVING SEATTLE THE ADVANTAGE. Not to mention that in the same table that I snagged the image below from, the Rapids had the advantage in more categories.

But this is what the Rapids thrive on. Being the underdog, being underestimated, and #KeepFighting. If they think that we are at a disadvantage with Zac MacMath, he’ll prove them wrong. That’s what we’ve been doing all. season. long. Keep it up, guys. We believe in you.

COLORADO RAPIDS STARTING XI:

Zac MacMath; Marc Burch, Axel Sjöberg, Jared Watts, Eric Miller; Sam Cronin, Jermaine Jones; Shkëlzen Gashi, Kevin Doyle, Sebastien Le Toux; Dominique Badji

BENCH: TBD

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