The Colorado Rapids travel to Columbus to take on the Crew tonight, looking to snap a scoring drought that has gone on for 368 minutes. Much like the excess of 90+ degree heat in Colorado at the end of the summer, the Rapids scoring drought has the fan base desperately seeking a remedy for their suffering.
C-Bus lost on Wednesday to Portland and drew against Dallas last weekend. Sitting in 4th place with just a point above the Philadelphia Union, the Crew have a lot to play for in the final stretch of the season.
The Rapids are still a bit banged up and may be without a couple guys. Sam Nicholson is out due to a concern with his back, and Jack McBean is also listed out with a foot/toe issue. Edgar Castillo hasn’t been feeling well, and Jack Price and Dillon Serna have been dealing with groin problems. Colorado called up goalkeeper Andrew Dykstra since Zac MacMath is out for the birth of his first child. Also, Kortne Ford must sit this one out for yellow card accumulation.
As a Rapids writer, supporter, and fan it has been difficult at times to find the glimmers of hope and progression, but Kellyn Acosta has been just that. One could say that had he not gone on international duty the team may not have gone on this skid.
The Rapids are 7-8-5 in Columbus so as far as away records go, the Rapids have not done too badly when traveling to Ohio.
Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Marlon Hairston, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smith, Edgar Castillo, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Dillon Serna, Kellyn Acosta, Giles Barnes, Niki Jackson
OUT: F - Jack McBean (foot/toe), M - Sam Nicholson (back injury)
QUESTIONABLE: F - Niki Jackson (ankle), D - Edgar Castillo (illness)
PROBABLE: M - Jack Price (groin), M - Dillon Serna (groin)
Suspended: D - Kortne Ford (yellow card accumulation)
Suspended after next caution: M - Johan Blomberg, F - Jack McBean, D - Danny Wilson
Suspended after next caution: M - Artur, M - Federico Higuain
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, September 22nd at 5:30 pm
Venue: MAPFRE Stadium — Columbus, Ohio
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
C38 Viewing Parties: Celtic on Market, Blue Spruce Brewing, Mudrocks Tap & Tavern in Louisville