It’s July 4th, which happens to be one of my favorite days, due to the fact that the Rapids play. There may be fireworks after 90 minutes of footy, but that’s not a big deal to me. The 4th says that we are at the middle point of the season. It brings out the bandwagons, friends of friends and the atmosphere is positive and uplifting.
The Rapids have done fairly well on the 4th (13-3-4) including a game I’ll never forget when the Rapids wore the tight blue kits and John Spencer bagged a hat trick. That is how you entertain the masses on a day that brings out some who don’t even give a crap for the sport or team.
Tonight’s matchup is against Seattle, a team in which the Rapids have not played well against. Including that playoff game last year that saw that green team take our place in the MLS Cup final, the Rapids are 5-13-2 when facing Seattle and 3-5-1 when taking them on at home.
While there are a few guys who don burgundy that are listed as questionable and may miss tonight’s game, the Sounders are hurting too. Jordan Morris, Cristian Roldan, Jordy Delem, and Oniel Fisher are all out for international duty. Also, Brad Evans is suspended for being sent off last week against Portland.
As for the Rapids, it’s the same group of guys who were listed as questionable on Saturday. Dillon Powers and Josh Gatt are dealing with groin issues. Gashi has a bad calf, Axel’s hamstring may not be 100% and Bobby Burling is still sidelined with a bum foot.
A handful of guys who gave their all against Houston a few days ago will be called upon once again to defend the Dick. Marley got a brace, Doyle and Badji were a part of every goal scored, and Nana is just now coming into form. Guys like Serna and Miller will be relied upon to remain tenacious and on the heels of the Seattle offense.
This Rapids team is just now starting to find their form. Guys are figuring things out, and in a way some are still getting into shape. The back half of the schedule is travel heavy and if the Rapids can finish off this home stand with a big win, it will be easier to take that momentum on the road. Should the Rapids grab 3 points tonight, that will put them in a tie with Seattle with 21 points and a battle for that last playoff spot – with 4 months in the season still to go.
Predicted starting XI: Howard, Hairston, Ford, Watts, Miller, Saied, Azira, Boateng, Serna, Doyle, Badji.