Pre-Game: Rapids v Timbers.

by Brendan Wyatt

Rose City FC (better known as the Portland Timbers) is in town to take on the Colorado Rapids Saturday and burgundy boys are looking to end the 5 game losing skid. They will have their work cut out for them as the Timbers are on a hot streak winning their last five.

The Rapids are 7-8-3 overall against Portland with six of those wins coming at home. This matchup typically goes to the home team seeing as the Rapids have won in Portland just once. Last year both teams managed a 2-1 win at home – the Rapids faithful will be hoping for the same thing this year.

The Timbers will have to go at it without the services of Liam Rigdewell, who had to leave last week’s game with a quad injury. His absence wasn’t too vital as the Timbers still went on to victory last week despite Ridgewell leaving in the sixth minute.

As for the Rapids injury front; Johan Blomberg is still not quite ready. He’s working hard and you can tell he misses game day; the team misses his production as the Rapids have not scored more than one goal a game since his absence. Both Marlon Hairston and Kortne Ford are close, in fact Marly could get the start today if Coach Hudson thinks its time. Jack Price will also return from serving his yellow card suspension.

Gashi is also poised to get the start, up top with Joe Mason sliding out to the wing. After dropping point five games in a row and not even being in the contest last week it would be almost a give that Gashi get his chance.

We’ve heard Coach talk about giving guys chances and we’ve seen some get a few more chances on game day than others. If you are getting the same results with the same lineup it’s about time to change some things.

The team knows what it is up against as they now must average 2 points a game the rest of the season in order for the Front Office’s promise of playoffs to come true; so three points today are vital. This season the club is really relying on the fans and the supporters culture so if anything the burgundy boys will want to go 150% today in front of the home crowd.

Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Deklan Wynne, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smith, Nana Boateng, Enzo Martinez, Jack Price, Joe Mason, Edgar Castillo, Dom Badji, Shkelzen Gashi.

Injuries/Suspensions
Colorado

OUT: OUT: D – Kortne Ford (left MCL sprain), D – Marlon Hairston (right knee surgery)
SUSPENDED: N/A
SUSPENDED AFTER NEXT CAUTION:F – Dominique Badji

PTFC

OUT: D – Roy Miller (left Achilles tendon injury), F – Jeremy Ebobisse (right thigh injury), GK – Kendall McIntosh (right thigh injury), D – Liam Ridgewell (right quad injury)
QUESTIONABLE: D – Vytas (right thigh injury)

How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, May 26th at 7pm MST
Venue:Dicks Sporting Goods Park
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Radio: Altitude950
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
C38: Tailgate starts @4pm

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