The Rapids are in Dallas tonight to face FC Dallas, another rival in the fly over state region. The history between the Rapids and that team once called The Burn goes all the way back to 96. Even when Wes Heart was with Dallas, I couldn’t find it in me to like them. Now, full of youth that is Coach Oscars forte FC Dallas is the Jekyll and Hyde of MLS and you may never know which team you will get on any give Saturday.
Dallas is unbeaten in their first three games so far (all at home) going 1-0-2. The Rapids have shown progression in their first three games with a loss, tie and then a win.
Overall the Rapids are 22-32-16 with just 8 wins and 5 ties in Dallas. Historically the Rapids leave Dallas with more injuries than points, any Rapids fan might hope that the Hudson era will not follow suit. Although, in the last two games the Rapids have had to make subs due to injuries.
Speaking of injuries, Rapids camp has been mute as to the condition of Danny Wilson and Marlon Hairston. Neither spent time out on the training pitch earlier in the week, which simply means we can rule them out for this week at least. With the injury to Kortne Ford, there was an official announcement, there never has been one for Shkelzen Gashi; so until there is official word we can assume the injuries to Wilson and Hairston are short term.
Dallas has a few players returning to the training pitch from injury. Kellyn Acosta is back; dude had a sports hernia, while goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez returned to training after suffering knee pain. Some things at training are leftovers from the Oscar era like the infirmary, or the M*A*SH* area as I like to call it. The place where players who are not fit enough to partake in training go. This is where Eric Miller is now, where Gashi just came out of and where Acosta and Gonzalez are. None of those guys will be an issue in Saturdays game.
Roland Lamah is a guy who could change the game in favor of Dallas. Lamah has three goals so far this season, scoring twice against Seattle. The three center backs will surely have to make sure that the Dallas attack stays in the midfield, and closes in on the ball in the defensive third.
Don’t rule out Dom Badji, especially after bagging his first career hat trick last week. The arrival of Yannick Boli may have been the push Badji needed to step his game up. Hard to sit a guy when he’s scoring every time he starts; Boli could get minutes near the end of the match though.
Tune in to AltitudeTV, hit up your local pub or catch a C38 viewing party to root the burgundy boys on. Kickoff is at 6pm.
Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Deklan Wynne, Axel Sjoberg, Tommy Smith, Dillon Serna, Enzo Martinez, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Edgar Castillo, Dom Badji, Joe Mason.