The Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders get together for the first time in 2016 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park and it features a surprising Rapids team and a Sounders team that appears to be rounding into form after a slow start. How will it play out?
The Goal for the Rapids: win, and keep the 100% record at home intact
What to Watch For
1) Stopping Seattle--Although the Sounders have had a rough start to the season, they are a team that features some pretty impressive offensive weapons--including the possibly injured Clint Dempsey and Jordan Morris. The Rapids will need to continue their solid defensive work and while the back four is important for this, the defensive midfield pairing of Micheal Azira and Sam Cronin will need to be at their best.
2) Goals--the Rapids have averaged two goals a game in the last two matches, so does this mean their goal scoring woes are solved? I don't want to sound pessimistic, but I want to continue to see that goal growth and see what they can do against a quality Seattle team.
3) That Fort--we had an article today that talked about "Defending the Fort." To be honest, the Rapids have been shit in the last two years at Dick's Sporting Goods Park but in this season they are 3-0-0 at Richard's, and have a chance to bring that to a cool 4-0-0. This would be a massive achievement and something that could really help propel the Rapids this season.
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Assistant Referee: Adam Garner and Kyle Longville
Fourth Official: Younes Marrakchi
Injuries: Colorado: OUT-- Sean St. Ledger , Marlon Hairston, Marco Pappa. LISTED ON REPORT: Axel Sjoberg, Dillon Powers, Jared Watts, Kevin Doyle. Seattle: OUT--Roman Torres. LISTED ON REPORT: Clint Dempsey, Erik Friberg, Michael Farfan.
Suspensions: Colorado: NONE. Seattle: NONE
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 23 April 2016 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Weather at Kickoff: 62 degrees and sunny
TV Information: Altitude Sports (Richard Fleming and Marcelo Balboa)
Radio Information: Altitude Sports Radio AM 950
Tickets: Visit Colorado Rapids or call at (303) 825-GOAL
Supporters Group Information: Centennial 38 is having an EPIC tailgate and Stout Street Supports will be grouping in Lot A. Regardless, it will be most excellent.
Predicted Starting XI
The Rapids will most certainly line up in the 4-2-3-1 and I think it will look a little like this:
Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Eric Miller, Bobby Burling, Mekeil Williams, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi, Jermaine Jones, Dominique Badji, Luis Solignac
This will serve as your Burgundy Wave game thread. Feel free to check back after the match for opinion, analysis and commentary on this Western Conference clash.