The Colorado Rapids return to the pitch this Tuesday night as they take on Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in the Fourth Round of the US Open Cup. The match will be a rematch of the 2015 US Open Cup when the Switchbacks fell in Commerce City to the Rapids and also the second ever Colorado Derby.
Here is our First Look:
The Rapids are 8-2-4 (28 points, 2.0 PPG) and are first in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer and lead the Supporters Shield Standings. The Switchbacks are 7-2-2 (23 points, 2.09 PPG) are in first place in the Western Conference of the United Soccer League.
16 June 2015: 4-1 Win at Dick's Sporting Goods Park
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Super Early Initial Thoughts
This should be an easy one right? I mean, after all we are the higher division side, playing at home and we have not lost since early April.
Not so fast. The Switchbacks are a very good team that are built in similar ways to the Rapids in that they play solid defense (they give up just .63 GPG vs the Rapids 0.71 GPG) and have a shot on target percentage of 42%. That means they are forcing some sort of save in 42% of the shots that they take.
Zac MacMath or Chris Froschauer could potentially be quite busy in this one.
And the Switchbacks play good, attractive soccer. In scouting for this match I have noticed that they like to begin their attacks methodically--start in the back, work the ball up through the midfield and find their attacking options and blast the ball into the net. And with grabbing 1.54 GPG (vs the Rapids 1.21) they have had some decent success scoring goals. And those goals have led them to tops in the West proving that last season (where they went to the USL Western Conference Semifinals) was not a fluke.
The Rapids will (more than likely) give time to players who have not seen much of it and so I would expect to see a healthy dose of Dillon Serna, Dillon Powers, Jared Watts, etc. But with Marco Pappa appearing to be back and available for selection, it would not come as a big shock to see him take the pitch. Regardless--the Rapids have had two weeks off and most everyone should be fresh and ready to go.
Tickets for the match can be purchased here with kick-off set for 7:00 PM MDT Tuesday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.