The Colorado Rapids and Montreal Impact play for the single time (in the regular season) this afternoon in Montreal, Quebec and for the Rapids it means trying for a fourth win in a row. And if they can win it will be the first time since 2003 that the Rapids have won four in a row. (They won five in a row from July 4-August 9 in 2003). So the goal is simple for the Rapids: Win
What to Watch For
1) #DoyleRules--So Kevin Doyle appears to be back for the Rapids and ready to go after picking up a goal in his last match against Seattle Sounders. Sure, it appeared to be off-sides, but a goal is a goal is a goal. But the question I have now is does he start? I have Luis Solignac starting against Montreal, but you do not sign a designated player forward for him to be on the bench. I think it is a matter of time before Doyle is back in the XI
2) Is This A Real Thing--there has been a justifiable amount of skepticism with the Rapids around Major League Soccer. Is this team for real? Are they good? Is Jermaine Jones a legit #10? Honestly, I do not know right now. It feels like things are going well and it feels like this team will be around all season. But why do I still have this uncomfortable feeling in my belly? I think it's cause I have seen things go sideways enough to be cautious. But cautiously optimistic is my current feeling.
3) Fighting for Spots--many supporters are wanting to see Dillon Powers and Dillon Serna out on the pitch and playing. OK. But who do you take off? And where do you play them. I'd love to see Powers and Serna play the full 90 every match, but it's hard to argue with the success right now. So I ask you: who comes off so those two can play?
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Assistant Referee: CJ Morgante and Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho
Fourth Official: Mathieu Bourdeau
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Sean St. Ledger, Eric Miller, Marco Pappa. LISTED ON REPORT: Jared Watts, Marlon Hairston. Montreal--OUT: Andres Romero, Cameron Porter, Donny Toia, Anthony Jackson-Hamel, Hassoun Camara, Lucas Ontivero.
Suspensions: Colorado--NONE. Montreal--NONE
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 30 April 2016 at 2:00 PM MDT
Venue: Stade Saputo--Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Weather at Kickoff: 55 degrees and Sunny
TV Information: Altitude Sports Television
Radio Information: Altitude Sports Radio 950 AM
OnLine Viewing: MLS Live (Blackouts Apply)
Predicted Starting XI
I do not see many changes in this as the Rapids look for their fourth consecutive win. So here goes (and I am sure I get this wrong):
Zac MacMath, Marc Burch, Bobby Burling, Axel Sjoberg, Mekeil Williams, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi, Jermaine Jones, Dominique Badji, Luis Solignac