Pre-Game: DC United

by Brendan Wyatt

It’s been a busy week at Rapids HQ, firing Pablo on Tuesday;  then going on to most media outlets to do some sort of damage control.  While that may have been the brightest burning star, there were some other things going on as well.  New signee, Stefan Aigner hit the training pitch Tuesday for the first time.  Only asking for a three week vacation Aigner got it. He looks fit, eager to get in some touches and quite possibly could see 15-20 minutes of game time tonight.

The other new guy, Luis Gil is also fit and ready to come off the bench at any given moment.  As is Josh Gatt, and Shkelzen Gashi.  Not sure if we will have the Swede for this match as he was not out at Training on Tuesday, but we can hope.  If not, look for Kortne Ford to make a return to the starting lineup.  Mike DaFonte is suspended due to racking up yellow cards, so there will be some changes to the lineup regardless of the coaching change.

As for the new coach, or interim coach Steve Cooke, have no fear Rapids fans this is the guy who has been running training since the Oscar Pareja era.  He knows these players better than anyone, and how they can play.  In the past we got on Pablo’s back about playing guys in the wrong position, it’s unlikely that we will see that trend continue.

Tonight the Rapids play host to DC United, the Rapids are 13-18-10 overall against DC.  To anyone outside DC and Colorado this game is nothing but a Crap-Shoot, two teams fighting it out in order to not be the worse team in their division.  DC United sits in last place overall with 19 points and a 5-15-4 record overall.  United is 2-9-1 on the road and some speculate that if this game goes south for DC, head coach Ben Olsen could be walking Pablo’s path.

DC has also been trying to keep their head above water as they made some moves during the transfer window.  While most of us know the type of player Paul Arriola is, he can make an impact; so adding him was key.  Arriola wasn’t the only one though, the Black and Red also brought in Hungarian, Zoltan Stieber, but as of Tuesday he is still waiting on his visa paperwork.  That is not all; they also signed Bruno Miranda and Russel Canouse.  They also traded away Lamar Neagle and Bobby Boswell.

Tonight’s game could be surprising, and a taste of what is to come.  Come join C38 as we kickoff the tailgate at 4pm.  The Voice crew will be interviewing Espy winner and Special Olympic standout, Jason Horton.  He will be out a little earlier between 5 and 5:30PM.

Predicted starting XI: Howard, Hairston, Watts, Ford, Miller. Serna, Saied, Azira, Gashi, Badji, Doyle.

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