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What to Watch this Weekend: Hitting the Reset

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The Rapids are back in action for the first time since the middle of March.

MLS: Minnesota United FC at Colorado Rapids Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

How early is too early to hit a reset button? Do you believe that it takes 10 games to truly get a feel for a team? Or is it after three games?

For the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, they have yet to win (well, sort of).

For the Charlotte Independence, they have zero points on the season so far.

And for the Burgundy Boys, they have looked inept in front of goal.

For our Colorado Rapids, some moves were made and there is hope, but they take on a very solid Sporting Kansas City team on Sunday night who will have three points on their mind. The Rapids want to be a more offensive team, but it feels more like a bunker down kind of night for Colorado.

Here is what I’ll be watching this weekend:

Major League Soccer

LA Galaxy vs Montreal Impact—Friday, 8:30 PM MDT

Look, I could care less about the Galaxy or the Impact for that matter. But I am madly curious (and kind of happy) to see the LA struggling so much. Yes, they have been beset by injuries and poor form, but it’s kind of exciting to see them suck. Montreal is a different matter and I think they are still feeling things out. They strike me as a team that will be in the playoff hunt all year and as such, this should be a good game to take in.

FC Dallas vs Minnesota United FC—Saturday, 6:00 PM MDT

Oh, Minnesota. Did you pick the worst possible week ever to play the Hoops!!! Dallas is going to be PISSED OFF after messing the bed this week in the CONCACAF Champions League semi finals in Mexico. They had it…and then they did not. And Minnesota gets to travel to Frisco to take them on? Good luck Loons.

Sporting Kansas City vs Colorado Rapids—Sunday, 5:00 PM MDT

The Colorado Rapids have clearly hit some sort of reset button after three pretty lackluster outings so far in 2017. They struggled to knock off a “meh” New England Revolution team at home, they lost on an own goal to New York Red Bulls, and tied an absolutely crappy team in Minnesota United.

And through three games the Rapids have six shots on goal.

Wonder why they traded Sam Cronin and Marc Burch for a 12-pack of beer and two players?

The Rapids have got to find a way to generate more offense because it will not matter how stellar the defense is if they are unable to score goals. I would also LOVE to see Pablo complete a formation change and go more offensive-minded.

He has to do so or he could be in jeopardy (in my opinion). The Rapids Front Office is not spending the money they are spending to play ugly soccer. The FO has a chance to truly capitalize in the Denver market with the likes of Tim Howard, Shkelzen Gashi, and Kevin Doyle on the roster. And if they want to get big name players in Denver: showing that you have an offensive clue is critical.

Not trying to be a downer here (or the eternal pessimist that I have been called), but make no mistake: the Front Office will be expecting more from a team that is, arguably, the most talented it has ever been. Not to mention the fans are more engaged in Rapids soccer now than ever before in the history of the franchise.

United Soccer League

San Antonio FC vs Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC—Friday, 7:00 PM MDT

Well, this one is far more interesting then it would have been a few days ago. The Switchbacks were awarded a shocking 0-3 forfeit victory over Tulsa Roughnecks FC, who had originally won the match 4-1 in Tulsa. But the cheaters from Oklahoma used an ineligible player and gave the win to the Switchbacks. This is the kind of crap that happens in Eastern European countries and not the USL - crazy stuff. But it means the Switchbacks are 1-0-1 (4 points, +3 GD) on the season and take on an San Antonio side that has not dropped points so far. This could be a tough one for Colorado Springs and they need to find a way to stop leaking goals like the Rapids did in 2014.

Orlando City B vs Charlotte Independence—Saturday, 5:30 PM MDT

Yikes. It has been a pretty crappy start for Charlotte as they sit dead last in the Eastern Conference of USL with a 0-1-0 record (0 points, -2 GD). The Jacks travel to Orlando City to play a Lions team that is 1-0-2 (3 points, -1 GD) and while it is early for both clubs, you would like to see a response from Charlotte. Losing your home opener sucks, but Charlotte did generate 14 shots, and for a poor seven minutes aside, they looked good in the loss. Still…starting 0-0-2 is not what you want. #COYJ

What are you excited to watch this weekend?