On Saturday, April 29th, the Colorado Rapids will travel to the Sunshine state to play Orlando City SC at their shiny new soccer-specific ground, Orlando City Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00pm MT and the match will be broadcast on UniMás.
The Colorado Rapids will look to end their winless streak this afternoon against one of the top sides in league. Orlando City currently find themselves on top of the Eastern Conference, while the Rapids are still at the foot of the Western Conference. Rapids defender Jared Watts will return from his one-match suspension he received late in the home fixture against Real Salt Lake on April 15th, but goalkeeper Tim Howard is still serving his three-match suspension, and center back Kortne Ford is out for his one-game suspension.
Colorado (1-4-1, 4 points) are coming off a frustrating 1-0 loss to Minnesota United at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis last weekend. Rapids goalkeeper Zac MacMath made some great saves (including the MLS Save of the Week), but all it took was one goal from the Loons to secure victory and claim all three points. Colorado have scored a meager 5 goals in their first 6 games, and they were not able to find the score sheet in Minnesota.
Orlando (5-1-0, 15 points), on the other hand, are one of the best teams in the league at the moment, winning 5 of their first 6 league matches. The Lions most recently defeated New York City FC by a scoreline of 2-1 at Yankee Stadium on April 23rd. Canadian International Cyle Larin scored both goals to lead the Lions to victory. NYCFC’s David Villa scored a late 2nd half goal, but Orlando City held on for the win in the Bronx.
If Colorado is going to gain any momentum going into the month of May, they are going to have to start scoring more goals. Last year the team had an incredible defense and were masters of the 1-0 victories. However, the clean sheets are not coming right now, and the lack of goal-scoring continues to be a disturbing trend.
OUT: Axel Sjoberg (hamstring), Bismark Adjei-Boateng (back)
QUESTIONABLE: Jose Aja (hamstring), Rafael Ramos (hamstring)
OUT: Seb Hines (knee)
Tim Howard, Kortne Ford
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, April 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. MDT
Venue: Orlando City Stadium - Orlando, Florida
TV Information: UniMás
Radio: Altitude950 and online
Live Stream: MLS Live (Blackouts apply)
Weather at Kickoff: 90 and partly cloudy