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The FIFA Simulation--Sporting Kansas City 1:0 Colorado Rapids

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According to the FIFA simulation, the Rapids drop a close one to Sporting

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City get together at Children's Mercy Park in eastern Kansas tonight and for the Rapids it provides a terrific measuring stick to see where they are and whether they can compete with the elite in MLS.  We played this game in FIFA16 to see how it *might* turn out and here is how it went:

The bulk of the game was controlled by Sporting and as the home team you would expect that to happen.  There were few chances in the first half, with the best one falling to the Rapids and Dominique Badji who found his late first half effort hit the post.

It look destined for a draw, but Sporting scored on a sensational goal late in the match and that was that for the Rapids.  They looked like they might equalize late, with Dillon Serna giving his all, but his shot was blocked by Luis Solignac.

The match ended 1-0 to Sporting which is probably the right result as the Rapids were never able to get it going tonight.

The Rapids Starting XI: Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, Eric Miller, Sam Cronin, Dillon Powers, Shkelzen Gashi, Marco Pappa, Dominique Badji, Luis Solignac

Match Moments

3rd Min: CHANCE--Sporting has the first chance of the match but the shot sails high and over the bar

23rd Min: CHANCE--Colorado sees Eric Miller bomb up the wing and cross it to Luis Solignac who blasts it at an SKC defender who clears the ball.

30th Min: CHANCE--Sporting controlling the game now and sees a cross and shot miss just wide of the net.

36th Min: CHANCE--Colorado's playmaker Marco Pappa makes a nice drive on goal but it is crushed over the net.  And when I mean crushed, like 15 yards over.

44th Min: POST--Colorado is piling on the pressure and a shot from Dominique Badji hits the left post!  So close for the Burgundy Boys!

59th Min: CHANCE--Some great movement by the Rapids and a great chance at goal, but it is costly as Marco Pappa pulls up lame with a hamstring issue.  Zach Pfeffer is prepping to enter the field.

61st Min: SUBSTITUTION--Pfeffer comes in for the injured Pappa and Dillon Serna is in for Badji.  Not a bad match for Badji, but he just can't find his touch.

69th Min: SUBSTITUTION--Powers is pulled due to a hamstring issue and Micheal Azira takes the pitch.  Still tied 0-0 in Kansas.

74th Min: CHANCE--Gashi takes a free kick from 35 yards out that just misses.  What an effort from the Albanian!

82nd Min: CHANCE--The Rapids are crashing the net right now and a scramble in front of the net sees the Rapids nearly take the lead.

84th Min: GOAL--Sporting takes the lead on an unbelievable shot from Benny Feilhaber.  Nothing Zac MacMath could do about that one.

90th Min: CHANCE--Serna has an absolute rip that is blocked...by his own player.  Get out of the way Luis!

The Statistics

Sporting Kansas City Colorado Rapids
Score 1 0
Shots 3 8
Shots on Goal 2 5
Possession 53% 47%
Fouls 2 4
Bookings 0 0

The Rapids and Sporting play for real tonight at 6:30 PM MDT and the match will be shown on Altitude 2.