The Rapids are in Houston tonight, as they look to keep from breaking a club record of losses in a row. Currently they have lost seven straight MLS games. Five of those games saw the Rapids lose by just a goal, but without that attacking offense fans were promised the streak could continue. It doesn’t help that the burgundy boys will be without Dom Badji for this game as he has to sit for picking up too many Yellow cards.
In the past the Rapids have been able to bag points against Houston with an overall record of 11-8-7, but only have won 3 times in the bottom of the Lone Star State. Normally fans would like to hang on to the history, especially when this team has an edge in the overall record but Coach Hudson would like to remind you there is a whole lot of new faces.
A few fresh legs are also expected to be on the pitch tonight not just because Badji has to stay home. Axel Sjoberg may be back from concussion protocol, and Kortne Ford is still very close to returning to the starting lineup. Marlon Hairston returned to the lineup on Wednesday in the Open Cup loss, lets just hope he is fit enough to go tonight.
Houston is coming off its first losing streak of the season, but their 5-0 Open Cup win still might be enough to keep them motivated. It’s unlikely that Rapids fans will see the golden locks of Jared Watts as he is listed out with a concussion. Darwin Ceren is also a noteable recent injury to the Dynamo and Philippe Senderos is listed as questionable; this could mean that there are holes in Houston’s armor.
Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Deklan Wynne, Axel Sjoberg, Tommy Smith, Marlon Hairston, Enzo Martinez, Jack Price, Joahn Blomberg, Edgar Castillo, Yannick Boli, Joe Mason.
Suspended: F – Dominique Badji
Suspended after next caution: None
International duty: None
OUT: D – Kortne Ford (left MCL sprain)
QUESTIONABLE: D – Marlon Hairston (right knee surgery), D – Axel Sjoberg (concussion)
SUSPENDED: F – Dominique Badji
Suspended after next caution: M – Tomas Martinez, F – Alberth Elis
International duty: D – Adolfo Machado
OUT: A.J. DeLaGarza (torn left ACL), D – George Malki (left knee sprain), D – Dylan Remick (concussion), D – Jared Watts (concussion), M – Darwin Ceren (leg injury), M – Juan David Cabezas (left quad injury);
QUESTIONABLE: D – Philippe Senderos (right hamstring injury)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 9th at 7pm MST
Venue: BBVA Compass Stadium – Houston
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
C38: Watch Parties: Celtic on Market, Murdocks Tap & Tavern