The Colorado Rapids head into week three of the 2017 MLS Season coming off a 0-1 loss to New York Red Bulls, where they managed just one shot on goal. If it were not for solid defensive play and great goalkeeping, the Rapids would have suffered a more thorough defeat.
It wasn’t that the Rapids lost (it was kind of expected). It was that more was expected of the Rapids in this game. I can tolerate a loss on the road to a good Eastern Conference team. However, I cannot tolerate playing to poorly that you grab just a solitary shot on the opposing teams goal.
The Rapids came into this season with a boatload of expectations and while they are off to an acceptable start (1-0-1, 3 points), you would like to see them play better. I do not feel that they are burdened by the expectation, and it certainly is early. But there are some troubling signs in Burgundy and hopefully a game against perhaps the worst team in MLS history will right that ship
Here is what I am watching this weekend:
Major League Soccer
Colorado Rapids vs Minnesota United FC—Saturday, 7 PM MDT
The Rapids return home to face a Loons team that is (0-0-2, 0 points) with a -9 goal differential. They are so bad that it is impossible to fathom. How can you lose your first two games 11-2, with one of the losses to an expansion team? They just suck. And so the Rapids are expected to win right? The Rapids are expected to run over this team right? Well, I don’t think that the Burgundy Boys are going are going to lay five or six on the Loons, but I do think a solid and comfortable win should be expected here.
The new look (and honestly pretty exciting) Dynamo head to Stumptown to take on the Timbers, who look every bit the part of legitimate championship contender. But the Timbers are expected to win this one and the Dynamo still have that “well are they for real” feel to them. I can’t help but think that Portland wins this one, but I am certainly curious to see how Houston stands up to this challenge
This is a game that features two teams that had all sorts of expectations going into the season. The Galaxy are the Galaxy and they are always expected to contend. And RSL expects to be in the playoffs every year. But after two games, the two teams have a combined one goal and just one point. They are both out of the playoff picture, and for a round three game, this is a must-win for both teams.
Seattle Sounders vs New York Red Bulls—Sunday, 5:00 PM MDT
Look, I loathe Seattle. Their fans are terrible. Their team plays on fake grass and their coffee is bloody overrated. But Seattle are the MLS Champions and until someone takes that trophy from them, they get my grudging respect. They get to raise their banner and play a Red Bulls team that features “Own Goal” as their leading scorer. Neither team is firing on all cylinders yet, but it should be an exciting game with Seattle win and lots of goals. (Which, with my prediction skills means a 0-0 snooze fest.)
English Premier League
Manchester City vs Liverpool—Sunday, 10:30 AM MDT
Two massive clubs separated by just a point in the table and the Citizens are coming off getting waxed in the Champions League. Neither team is going to win the league this year, but there is still plenty to play for. Both clubs will be looking to clinch a spot in the UCL next season and a victory will go a long way to making that happen.
So what are you watching this weekend? How are you feeling about the Rapids? Are you expecting a win? Hit us up in the comment sections and let us know!