The Colorado Rapids were really not good on Wednesday night. It was an ugly game punctuated by injuries to both Kevin Doyle and Mohammed Saeid. And when you look at the complete injury report, you see Bobby Burling, Shkelzen Gashi and Bismark Adjei-Boateng are also listed. It’s a rough go for the Rapids and as I watched the Galaxy match I just kind of shrugged.
I just don’t understand this team. They make no sense. At times they look like world beaters and in others they look like a massive dumpster fire.
And when you look ahead, the schedule is not anymore kind going forward before the team hits the Gold Cup break:
June 24: at Atlanta United
July 1: vs Houston Dynamo
July 4: vs Seattle Sounders
Here is what I am watching this weekend:
Major League Soccer
Houston Dynamo vs FC Dallas—Friday, 7:00 PM MDT (UniMas)
This one is a big one for me to watch as the Rapids will be facing these teams in the next couple of weeks and both of these teams are in positions that the Rapids would want to be. Houston is absolutely stellar at home and FC Dallas may still be the best team in the league. Plus when you throw in how big of a rivalry this is, it makes for a great match.
Speaking of rivalries....
Although this one feels more manufactured by Major League Soccer than a natural one, it is still a big game. Both teams are playing well and the Red Bulls hold a big edge in this series (5-1-0) including a 7-0 drubbing. I kind of think that NYC is going to take this one, but in a rivalry match, anything is possible.
Colorado Rapids vs Atlanta United FC—Saturday, 5:00 PM MDT (Altitude)
I always find it fun when “Rivalry Week” comes along in Major League Soccer and the schedule makers make some sort of random match up for the Rapids. Hence, a trip to Atlanta to take on a solid Atlanta squad. I get the sense that the Rapids will get run off the pitch here, as they have yet to record a road victory this year and Atlanta is simply a better team.
Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders—Sunday, 8:30 PM MDT (ESPN2)
But for me, the best rivalry in Major League Soccer has to be Timbers vs Sounders. The two teams have won the last two MLS Cups and are both fighting for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Separated by just four points, this one is a big one for both teams. Seattle needs this a bit more than Portland, and I expect all sorts of fireworks in the Rose City on Sunday night.
So that is what I am watching this weekend...what are you taking in? Hit us up in the comment sections and let us know!