If the last game of the season were tonight, the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas would be fighting for the final playoff spot. Tied with 13 points apiece, both teams are looking to carry the momentum from last weekend’s win into tonight.
FC Dallas got the upper edge in a 2-1 victory over in-state rivals Houston Dynamo on Saturday, while Colorado did the unthinkable and handed Real Salt Lake their worst loss in their entire tenure in MLS. The Rapids also broke the Beckerman Curse, winning in a place where they haven’t won in 13 years.
Today, the Rapids travel to Dallas where the Burgundy Boys are 8-25-6 and have not won since April 2015. (That was the game where Dillon Serna had that wonder goal from 30+ yards out and the Rapids went on to win 4-1.)
The 5-0 win last weekend did a lot for supporters in bringing the Rocky Mountain Cup back to Denver. For the team, this win did a few things. First, it brought back a boost of confidence by not only putting a few goals in the net, but going into a rival stadium and do what has not been done before. You would expect that to have helped build camaraderie within the locker room, trust within their teammates, and the belief in all the hard work that they have put in up to this point. The win against RSL might have been the turning point of the season for the Rapids.
Both Cole Bassett and Younes Namli are leading the team with three assists and finding ways to help their team win each time that they are on the pitch. Diego Rubio is continuing his trend of turning it on in the second half of the season—in years past Rubio has proven to find great form after August or September and this year seems to be no different. Lalas Abubakar is beginning to look like the Lalas we remember from last year and William Yarbrough is beginning to solidify himself between the pipes.
As for the opponent, they are still looking for their identity and maybe even team chemistry. FC Dallas is yet to find some consistency in their form and have gone 2-1-3 in their last five games. The big news in Frisco is that they surprisingly transferred forward Zdeněk Ondrášek to FC Viktoria Plzeň in the Czech First League on September 13th. Read more about FCD’s form in Downstream.
FC Dallas has a few injuries but overall, both teams are relatively healthy and there are no suspensions listed so tonight’s matchup could see both teams putting out their best lineup. Even though it is a mid-week game and both teams face tough opponents on Saturday, a win for either team will put them three points ahead of the other.
Predicted Starting XI: William Yarbrough, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Jack Price, Kellyn Acosta, Cole Bassett, Diego Rubio, Younes Namli, Kei Kamara
Referee: Ismail Elfath
Assistant Referees: Corey Parker, Cory Richardson
4th Official: Matthew Thompson
VAR: Kevin Terry Jr.
OUT: Kortne Ford (knee)
Suspended after next caution: Kellyn Acosta
OUT: Paxton Pomykal (hip), Bryan Acosta (undisclosed), Jimmy Maurer (undisclosed)
Suspended after next caution: Thiago Santos
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. MT
Venue: Toyota Stadium—Frisco, TX
Radio Information: 92.5 FM on Altitude Sports Radio
Watch Party: Celtic on Market, Frolic Brewing Company (Westminster), Blue Spruce Brewing (Highlands Ranch)
Second Screen Virtual Gameday: https://www.coloradorapids.com/live
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