Who would have thought this time last year that we would be in this spot. But here we are! Our Colorado Rapids are playing the Game of the Week against FC Dallas. If this were the NFL on NBC, this game would be flexed to Sunday night.
Below are five solid, unbiased, objective reasons why the Rapids will emerge victorious.
- The Rapids are fresher. FC Dallas has played three more MLS games and at least two more US Open Cup games than the Rapids, which will bode well for them in the home stretch. Plus, FC Dallas just finished playing the Houston Dynamo in the Open Cup yesterday, winning 1-0—meaning just a few more games.
- The Rapids D. The Rapids’ defense is the only defense equipped to stop that FC Dallas offense. The Rapids have only conceded 13 goals all year. With an offense like FC Dallas who’s scored 34 goals this year, this promises to be a good matchup.
- FC Dallas’ road woes. The road woes play to the Rapids’ favor. 4-6-1 (W-L-T) on the road bodes well for our Burgundy boys who are 8-0-2 who are riding a fourteen-game unbeaten streak and have only two (two!) losses on the year. The three A’s will come into play: altitude, atmosphere, and an active team with solid defense and great leadership.
- This rivalry is now more heated than the one with Real Salt Lake. I know that’s a bit controversial, but think about it. The reckless challenge on Dillon Serna, the late departure before the 2014 season of their head coach Oscar Pareja, winning the MLS Cup at their expense—and now duking it out now for the Western Conference title and the Supporters Shield. Our Rapids will use this as fuel (if they as professionals need to) to ready themselves to send them back to Dallas losers.
- Atmosphere. Folks, the atmosphere of the last two games at DSGP (July 4th against Portland, and July 16th against Sporting Kansas City) has been amazing. I had to leave about five minutes early on Saturday. I listened on the radio and couldn’t believe the noise our home crowd produced. That makes a difference for the players on the field, to which they’ve testified repeatedly. FC Dallas won’t be facing just eleven on the field, but hopefully 18,000 others in the stands. We’ll be there.
What do you think? Do you think our Rapids will win Saturday? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments section.