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Ten (Other) Things to Know About #COLvSKC

Our Rapids put out their "Ten Things..." on their website. Any similarity is unintentional.

Vermes vs. Mastroeni--let's do this!
Vermes vs. Mastroeni--let's do this!
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Our Colorado Rapids (yes, they belong to us, Mr. Kroenke) take the pitch against Sporting Kansas City at our fortress, Dick's Sporting Goods Park, at 7:00 pm. this Saturday.  What should you know?  Here's our "Ten Things" (not to be confused with the Ten Things.  Any similarity is unintentional.

  1. Over the last six games, SKC are 3-2-1, while the Rapids are 2-0-4.  The Rapids have a thirteen game unbeaten streak rolling into Saturday.
  2. SKC is coming off a midweek game at the Chicago Fire, where they lost 1-0; whereas the Rapids played north of the border, pulling a draw out at the death the Axel Sjoberg's header against the Vancouver Whitecaps.  The Rapids should come in with confidence after getting the result in Vancouver. They are more rested, have a good run of form against SKC, and should take three points.
  3. Speaking of Sjoberg, Rapids fans were a bit vexxed at pictures of his broken wrist at training camp.  Turns out he broke his wrist during a collision during the Vancouver match. The baby-faced assassin is tough!
  4. The Rapids have only given up two goals north of the border (Montreal on 4/30; and Vancouver on 7/9). (HT: to Jason Maxwell for this nugget.  I agree with him--that's not how the exchange rate works.)
  5. The Rapids have won both games against SKC, and have won four straight.  The last meeting was on May 11th when Dillon Serna came off the bench to score late for a 1-0 meeting.  The previous meeting on April 13 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City saw the Rapids win 2-1 on Shkelzen Gashi's 82nd minute beauty.
  6. Due to Eric Miller's red card against Vancouver, he's out for the game against SKC.
  7. In terms of shots on target, you'll note that the Rapids have 186 shots with just over half on target (95).  SKC has 239 shots total, but two fewer shots on target than the Rapids (93).  Along with this, they beat the Rapids 124-70 on corners. So they pressure the goal more than the Rapids, but the Rapids are more consistently on the mark. Take that for what you will.
  8. Dom Dwyer leads SKC with 8 goals, followed by Benny Feilhaber with 5. For the Rapids, Kevin Doyle leads with 4, Jermaine Jones and Luis Solignac follow with 3, then Sjober, Marco Pappa, and Gashi with 2.
  9. It'll be warm on Saturday, with a high of 97.  Fortunately, we live in Colorado, so by halftime it'll be much better.
  10. This is yours, Rapids fans: what will you look for out of the Rapids this Saturday?  Give us your keys to the match.