Game preview: Rapids v Crew

by Brendan Wyatt 

The Colorado Rapids travel to Columbus to take on the Crew tonight, as they look to snap a scoring drought that has gone on for 368 minutes.  Much like the excess of 90+ degree heat in Colorado at the end of the summer, the Rapids scoring drought has the fan base desperately seeking a remedy for their suffering.

C-Bus lost on Wednesday to Portland and drew to Dallas last weekend.  Sitting in 4th place with just a point above Philadelphia, the Crew have a lot to play for in the final stretch of the season.

The Rapids are still a bit banged up and may be without a couple guys.  Axel Sjoberg is out, sadly this could be a rest of the season thing the way it’s playing out.  Same for Sam Nicholson (although listed as questionable) and the concern with his back, which is a shame as he has potential.  Jack McBean is also listed out with a foot/toe issue. Edgar Castillo hasn’t been feeling well which Jack Price and Dillon Serna have been looking after their groins. Also, Kortne Ford must sit this one out for yellow card accumulation.

As a Rapids writer, supporter and fan it has been difficult at times to find the glimmers of hope and progression; but, Kellyn Acosta has been just that.  Since he put on Rapids kit, he is now tied (in all of MLS) with most chances created (7) and tied for second with shots (7) and one could say that had he not gone on international duty the team may not have gone on this skid.

The Rapids are 7-8-5 in C-Bus so as far as away records go, the Rapids have not done too badly when traveling to Ohio.

Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Marlon Hairston, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smith, Edgar Castillo, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Dillon Serna, Kellyn Acosta, Giles Barnes, Nikki Jackson

 

Officials

Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: CJ Morgante, Ian Anderson
4th Official: Silviu Petrescu
VAR: Tim Ford

Colorado

OUT: D – Axel Sjoberg (knee injury)

QUESTIONABLE: M – Sam Nicholson (back injury),

Suspended: D – Kortne Ford

Suspended after next caution: M – Johan Blomberg,  F – Jack McBean, D – Danny Wilson

Columbus Crew.

OUT: N/A

QUESTIONABLE: N/A

Suspended: none

Suspended after next caution: M – Artur, M – Federico Higuain

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday September 22th 5:30pm

Venue: MAPFRE Stadium Columbus, Ohio

TV Information: AltitudeTV Univision

Radio: Altitude950

Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

C38 Viewing Parties: Celtic on Market, Blue Spruce Brewing, MudRocks

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