Loving the Colorado Rapids is never an easy thing. If you have been a fan for any length of time, you realize that there might be more bad than good. I am OK with this. I love this team and everything that they represent.
But it is never easy.
So as much as I want to jump out the basement window in frustration right now over this team, I can’t and I won’t. My bond and connection to this team will never let me give up.
Call it keeping the faith.
With all of that in mind, and a trip to California, here is what I am watching this weekend:
Scottish Premier League
Rangers vs Celtic—Saturday, 5:00 AM MDT
The Old Firm Derby and Celtic (29-0-4) has yet to lose this season. They have already won the league and play a Rangers team that is back in the top flight for the first time since liquidation. I can’t see Celtic losing this one, but in rivalry matches, anything is possible.
Major League Soccer
Orlando City SC vs Colorado Rapids—Saturday, 2:00 PM MDT
Obviously, this is the big one for those of us here in the Centennial State. And this could be a truly challenging match for the Burgundy Boys. They have not taken full points in a match since opening day, and look very out of sorts right now. Will this be the match that sees them turn the tide? Or is this another loss on the road?
Wow. This one is huge. I mean, both clubs are doing pretty well and all, but this is the return of former NY Captain Dax McCarty after being traded in the off-season. This feels like a Red Bulls win, but never underestimate the power of emotion in soccer.
United Soccer League
Rochester Rhinos vs Charlotte Independence—Saturday, 4:05 PM MDT
Charlotte is on the road again after a solid win in St. Louis last weekend. They are now two points out of a playoff spot, and take on a Rochester team that is leaking goals like a stuck pig. Call me funny (as many do), but this could be three points for the good guys again.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs Seattle Sounders 2—Saturday, 6:00 PM MDT
The Switchbacks are at home again looking to build on their respectable form and battle a Seattle side who is very feast or famine. The Sounders 2 either play very well or completely terrible and carry a 2-4-0 (6 points, -5 GD) record into this match. Always tough at home, the Switchbacks have a great chance to take three points and push higher up in the table.
English Premier League
Everton FC vs Chelsea FC—Sunday, 7:05 PM MDT
The Blues are getting closer and closer to winning the Prem and at the time of this writing they held four points (and massive psychological edge) over Tottenham. Everton is very good at home and this feels like it might be a place where Chelsea could slip up. Either way, it is must-see TV for me.
What’s must-see for you this weekend?