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Game Preview: FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids

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The Rapids head down to Frisco for the first match-up of the season between the Western Conference rivals.

MLS: FC Dallas at Colorado Rapids Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Rapids are in Frisco tonight to face FC Dallas, another rival in fly-over country. The history between the Rapids and that team once called The Burn goes all the way back to ‘96. Even when Wes Heart was with Dallas, I couldn’t find it in me to like them. Now that the team is full of youth (Head Coach Oscar Pareja’s forte), FCD is the Jekyll and Hyde of MLS and you never know which team you will get on any given game day.

Dallas is unbeaten in their first three games so far (all at home) going 1-0-2. The Rapids have shown progression in their first three games with a loss, tie, and then a win.

Overall, the Rapids are 22-32-16 with just 8 wins and 5 ties in Dallas. Historically, the Rapids leave a match with Dallas with more injuries than points, and Rapids fans hope that the Hudson era will not follow suit. That being said, in the last two games the Rapids have had to make subs due to injuries.

Speaking of injuries, Rapids camp has been mute as to the condition of Danny Wilson and Marlon Hairston. Neither spent time out on the training pitch earlier in the week, which simply means we can rule them out at least for this weekend. With the injury to Kortne Ford, there was an official announcement, but there has never been one for Shkelzen Gashi, so until there is official word we can assume the injuries to Wilson and Hairston are short term. UPDATE: Hairston will be out for 2-3 weeks after having a minor surgery earlier this week.

Some things at Rapids’ training are leftovers from the Oscar era, like the infirmary, or the M*A*SH* area as I like to call it. It’s the place where players who are not fit enough (from injury or otherwise) to partake in training go. This is where Eric Miller is now and where Gashi just came out of.

Dallas has a few players returning to the training pitch from injury. Kellyn Acosta is back from a sports hernia, while goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez has returned to training after suffering knee pain.

Roland Lamah is a guy who could change the game in favor of Dallas. Lamah has three goals so far this season, scoring twice against Seattle. The three center backs will surely have to make sure that the Dallas attack stays in the midfield and close in on the ball in the defensive third.

But don’t rule out Dominique Badji, especially after bagging his first career hat trick last week. The arrival of Yannick Boli may have been the push Badji needed to step his game up. Hard to sit a guy when he’s scoring every time he starts, but Boli could get minutes near the end of the match.

Tune in to AltitudeTV, hit up your local pub, or catch a C38 viewing party to root on the Burgundy Boys. Kickoff is at 6 pm.

Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard; Deklan Wynne, Axel Sjoberg, Tommy Smith; Dillon Serna, Enzo Martinez, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Edgar Castillo; Dom Badji, Joe Mason

Injuries/Suspensions

Colorado

QUESTIONABLE: D - Danny Wilson (undisclosed), M/D - Marlon Hairston (undisclosed)

OUT: D - Kortne Ford (left MCL sprain), F - Shkelzen Gashi (calf)

FC Dallas

QUESTIONABLE: GK - Jesse Gonzalez (right knee), D - Anton Nedyalkov (undisclosed)

OUT: M - Kellyn Acosta (sports hernia surgery), M - Brandon Servania (compartment syndrome), F - Jesus Ferreira (core muscle repair surgery), M - Paxton Pomykal (right meniscus surgery)

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, April 7th at 6 pm

Venue: Toyota Stadium - Frisco, Texas

TV Information: Altitude 2 (it’s not on regular Altitude this week due to the Avs game)

Radio: Altitude950

Live Stream: MLS Live (blackouts apply)

C38 Viewing Parties:

  • Celtic on Market in Denver 1400 Market St, Denver
  • Blue Spruce Brewing 4151 E County Line Rd G, Centennial