The time has come for fans of the burgundy and blue; time to don the favorite jersey, the lucky socks or that scarf that could tell a story or two if it could talk. The regular season starts Saturday march 10th for the Rapids as they face off against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium. The Revs are an Eastern Conference team which in most cases means that the Rapids will play them just once. This year it is away. Last year the Rapids opened up the season by defeating the Revs at home, the first since 2013. Coincidentally that was also the last time the Rapids scored against New England. All time the Rapids are 20-15-9 against the Revs, with a 6-11-5 record at Gillette Staduim.
New England is not off to a good start to their campaign, not only losing to Philly but both Anthony Milnar Delamea and Claude Dielna were shown reds. Both play center back so the Revs look to have a formidable hole in their defense.
As for the Rapids; the biggest news is the injury to Kortne Ford, an MCL sprain has him sidelined for 8-10 weeks, if not more depending on the severity of the strain. Next man up would be Axel Sjoberg, but he is listed as suspended so that would leave Eric Miller and Jared Watts.
Shkelzen Gashi has had a calf concern all preseason; will we be fortunate enough to see the Albanian start the season with the starting 11? Same question goes for Stefan Aigner, although not attached to an injury rumor Aigner has been out of country dealing with paperwork to become a citizen and has not been seen in the starting XI durring preseason.
Knowing Coach Hudson has had an emphasis on New England and starting the season on prepared one could assume the starting eleven would be an ideal one that includes both Gashi and Aigner, along with Boateng, Price and Martinez but I think one may have to take a seat.
All preseason there has been debate as to how this team will line up, or rather who will line up to start the 2018 campaign? It’s time to find out, with one major injury and a suspension we can already rule out that it won’t be the ideal lineup, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t enough depth now to where the next man up can’t get the job done.
Kickoff is at 11am, catch it on altitude or join C38 at the Celtic on Market; raffles and drinks specials as well.
Predicted Starting XI: Howard, Miller, Wilson, Smith, Hairston, Price, Boateng, Castillo, Aigner, Badji, McBean.