Not to rain on anyone’s parade or anything, but the Colorado Rapids still only had one shot on goal last week. It happened to be the one that went in and won the game, though, so at least Dominique Badji made it count. Even though Pablo Maestroeni finally listened to us (ha!) and tried some new things (Badji started instead of Kevin Doyle, Sébastien Le Toux started, and Jared Watts was re-introduced to the line-up), there is still room for improvement as far as the offense is concerned. And I’m not sure that tonight is going to be the night we will see much of a difference.
I’m not suggesting that the Rapids are going to lose—in fact, I think they are primed for a win after grabbing three points last week against FC Dallas.
But let’s look at some stats. These are two low-scoring teams—San Jose Earthquakes are the only team in MLS that have scored less goals than the Rapids. They are also two team who don’t allow many goals—San Jose is third in fewest goals allowed, while the Rapids are first in fewest goals allowed. And then there’s San Jose’s record at DSGP. They have lost just one game at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in the last 10 games (on August 7, 2010). The last three games at DSGP have resulted in a tie.
The Rapids are still without Jermaine Jones, Bobby Burling, and Kevin Doyle, but hopefully Shkëlzen Gashi and Marco Pappa are back and available as subs.
COLORADO RAPIDS STARTING XI:
Tim Howard, Marc Burch, Axel Sjöberg, Jared Watts, Eric Miller, Michael Azira, Sam Cronin, Sébastien Le Toux, Dillon Powers, Marlon Hairston, Dominique Badji
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