I am not going to lie here. I do not like Real Salt Lake. Perhaps it is their attitude. Or their smugness. Or their ugly kits that they wear. Maybe it's none of those things. Maybe it's because they have had the Rapids number over the last 7 or so years.
But regardless of how I personally feel, the Colorado Rapids play that team from the other side of the mountains this Saturday night. And it should be a good one.
The Goal for the Rapids: Win
What to Watch For
1) Top of the Table Clash--It's not often that you can say that a Rapids-RSL match is a top of the table kind of affair. But that is exactly what this one is. Both teams sit on 17 points and while there is still 24 games left, this one has a different feel to it.
2) The Rocky Mountain Cup--lost in all of the Top of the Table talk is that the Rocky Mountain Cup is on the line for the Rapids. If they lose this match, the Cup goes back to Salt Lake and that is a pretty uncomfortable thing to think about. A result of any sort has to be on the minds of the Rapids
3) History--The Rapids will need to turn around some history if they are going to grab a win in this one. Since 2009 the Rapids have only four wins against RSL and a dismal 4-9-7 record. The Rapids have history going against them. Can they change this?
Referee: Jair Marrufo
Assistant Referees: Frank Anderson and Apolinar Mariscal
Fourth Official: Daniel Radford
Injuries: Colorado--OUT: Sean St. Ledger. QUESTIONABLE: Marco Pappa, Eric Miller and Dominique Badji. PROBABLE: Marc Burch. Salt Lake--OUT: Phanuel Kavita, Omar Holness, Boyd Okwuonu, Emery Welshman. QUESTIONABLE: Joao Plata and Aaron Maund
Suspensions: Colorado--NONE. Salt Lake--NONE
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, 7 May 2016 at 7:00 PM MDT
Venue: Dick's Sporting Goods Park--Commerce City, Colorado
Weather at Kickoff: 56 degrees and a 39% chance of rain
Ticketing Information: www.coloradorapids.com or (303) 825-GOAL
TV Information: Altitude Sports Television
Radio Broadcast: Altitude Radio 950 AM
Live Stream Information: MLS Live (blackouts apply)
Predicted Starting XI:
This is the tough part of this one. Overall, the Rapids are pretty healthy. There only major missing piece is Pappa, but they have seemed to cope pretty well in his absence so far. So here is my best guess (and truly this is only a guess)
Zac MacMath, Mekeil Williams, Axel Sjoberg, Bobby Burling, Marlon Hairston, Sam Cronin, Micheal Azira, Shkelzen Gashi, Jermaine Jones, Dominique Badji, Kevin Doyle
So what do you think Rapids fans? Can the Burgundy Boys knock off RSL and stay top of the league? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!