What a weekend we have in store in Colorado.
I was just looking at the weather forecast on my flip phone and it feels like a beautiful weekend is on tap for us: 82 degrees on Saturday, and the Colorado Rapids take the pitch again, this time looking for their second win in a row as they battle Columbus Crew SC this weekend.
But that is not the only thing on tap: Champions League, international friendlies, and of course, MLS.
So here is what I am watching this weekend:
Major League Soccer
I try to not make blanket statements in Major League Soccer, as things so often change week by week. But the best team in the league resides north of the border and they have the quality to win multiple trophies this year. I think the only thing that gets in their way would be themselves. Toronto takes on a Revs team that has been up and down all year, but will be playing at home.
Colorado Rapids vs Columbus Crew SC—Saturday, 7:00 PM MDT (Altitude)
Oh, you Burgundy Boys. I am still not quite sure what to think about the Rapids this season, but I am resigned to the fact that this is becoming a lost season. Sure, they can still climb back and get in playoff contention, but when you look at the teams in front of them it is hard to imagine that scenario. As for the Crew, I watched their game against Seattle this week and the only hope is that they are super tired and come in very flat against the Rapids.
Seattle got crushed on Wednesday night and simply do not look like the team that won it all in 2016. They have been exceedingly inconsistent and are playing a very good Dynamo team that appears to be for real this season. CenturyLink is always a tough place to play and Seattle will be looking for all three points.
United States MNT vs Venezuela—Saturday, 8:00 PM MDT (Fox Sports 1)
Tim Howard should be starting for the Stars and Stripes in goal as the Lads prepare for two massive World Cup Qualifiers over the next week and a half. Ultimately, this one doesn’t mean much, but it will allow Bruce Arena and his staff to tinker with lineups and formations in Salt Lake City. Too bad kick off is an hour (or so) after the Rapids take the pitch.
UEFA Champions League
Juventus vs Real Madrid—Saturday, 12:45 PM MDT (FOX)
I have to confess to not really having a dog in this fight. I am not a big fan of either the Italian or Spanish leagues, but both teams offer pretty contrasting styles. Juventus is a defense-first team that will suffocate teams and not give anything up. And then there is Real Madrid who has some pretty good attacking options and can beat anyone in the world. Who wins this one? I don’t know but extra time or even penalties would not be a big shock.
So that is what I am looking forward to this week. What about you? Hit us up in the comments below and let us know.