Game Preview: Rapids v Atlanta FC

by Brendan Wyatt

The Colorado Rapids play host to Atlanta FC, who have set the league on fire this year.  Atlanta FC is one point (54) behind New York Red Bulls in the race for the Supporters Shield.  It doesn’t hurt that MLS record goal scorer Josef Martinez, who has 28 goals so far basically averages a goal a game. Last week Atlanta had off but lost to DC 3-1 on September 2nd, so both teams will be looking for a win to bounce back from a loss.

The plan of attack for the Rapids is, to have one.  The Rapids have not scored in a month, not since the 2-2- tie in LA on August 14th.  Acosta was away with the USMNT for the last two games but is expected to play today. Jack Price and Edgar Castillo have also been listed as questionable, but the chances of them missing a game are slim.  Axel Sjoberg is listed out with a nagging back injury which is unfortunate, he could be a big help in slowing down ATL’s Josef Martinez.

Though Colorado has had a tough go of it this year, there is still fight in them.  This should be a good time for coach Hudson to start building on that foundation which is solid.  The spine of the team will be here next year and there is a strong youth movement that should not go ignored.  Sam Nicholson may become a mainstay and Cole Bassett may be that missing midfielder; in time.

Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Kortne Ford, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smith, Edgar Castillo, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Dillon Serna, Kellyn Acosta, Shkelzen Gashi, Jack McBean

 

Officials

Referee: Sorin Stoica
Assistant Referees: Kyle Atkins, TJ Zablocki
4th Official: Baldomero Toledo
VAR: Younes Marrakchi

Colorado

OUT: D – Axel Sjoberg (knee injury), F – Niki Jackson (ankle injury);

QUESTIONABLE: M – Sam Nicholson (back injury), F – Yannick Boli (hamstring injury)

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: M – Johan Blomberg

Atlanta FC.

OUT: D – Greg Garza (shoulder surgery), M – Darlington Nagbe (right adductor injury), D – Sal Zizzo (right knee injury), D – Mikey Ambrose (right knee surgery), F – Brandon Vazquez (left foot injury), D – Franco Escobar (right leg injury), M – Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu (back spasms)

QUESTIONABLE: N/A

Suspended: none

Suspended after next caution: D – Chris McCann, D – Michael Parkhurst

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday September 15th 130pm

Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, CO

TV Information: AltitudeTV Univision

Radio: Altitude950

Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

C38 Tailgate: 10:30 start.

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