The Colorado Rapids and New York Red Bulls play for the only time tonight at what appears to be a snowy and cold Commerce City and for the Rapids it represents a golden opportunity to have a six point week and continue to climb up the table. For the Red Bulls, it's simple: they are struggling mightily and any positive result would be huge for them.
The Goal for the Rapids: win
What to Watch For
1) Jermaine Jones: Jones is available for the first time in Burgundy and his impact has a chance to be very significant. Our very own Rapids Rabbi proposed a few lineups where JJ could line up. Where he plays will be a very interesting story to watch.
2) The Weather: At the time of writing this article, it is not clear whether the Rapids will play tonight or not and if they do not, it is more than likely that this piece will never see the light of day. Regardless--weather will be a factor tonight and my concern is that with points so tight in MLS, I would hate for weather to be the reason a team picks up points or loses points.
3) PabloSpeak: Honestly, I don't know what to say with this one. But he is our coach :) and that makes it A.O.K. in my book (I think):
"What are we doing on this planet?" Pablo Mastroeni's epic post-game sermon https://t.co/GgUusljOqc #rapids96— Denver Post Rapids (@rapidsnews) April 14, 2016
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
Assistant Referees: Anthony Vasoli and Jeffrey Greeson
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Sean St. Ledger, Axel Sjoberg, Kevin Doyle, Jared Watts, Marlon Hairston. QUESTIONABLE: Dillon Powers. New York--OUT: Damien Perrinelle, Gonzalo Veron, Gideon Baah. PROBABLE: Ronald Zubar
Suspensions: Colorado--NONE. New York--NONE
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 16 April 2016 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Ticketing Information: www.coloradorapids.com or (303) 825-GOAL
TV Information: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Supporters Information: Due to weather I strongly encourage you to check with Stout Street Bulldogs and Centennial 38 to see what events they will have going tonight.
OnLine Streaming: MLS Live
Weather at Kickoff: 36 degrees and a 96% chance of snow
Predicted Starting XI
This one is going to interesting. The Rapids have a good deal of injuries that they are dealing with right now and as I watch the snow fall, I doubt they want to risk anyone if they don't need to. Here goes nothing:
Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Bobby Burling, Eric Miller, Mekeil Williams, Jermaine Jones, Sam Cronin, Shkelzen Gashi, Marco Pappa, Dillon Serna, Luis Solignac
We will have commentary, analysis and opinion after the conclusion of this one. Stay warm Rapids fans!