by Brendan Wyatt
The Colorado Rapids are back home to host LAFC, who we may recall, is the team that started this current losing streak. This skid that has seen the Rapids lose six straight, really has to do with the fact that they have scored just one goal while the other guys hit the back of the Rapids net 19 times.
In the mind of an athlete there is always that little bit of an edge you keep when you want to get revenge on a team. LAFC could be just that, having been the one who started the latest losing streak. To snap the streak against the steam that started it is the cherry and the whipped cream; even if the cake is already eaten.
With just four games left to play, the mentality can shift in a thousand different ways. Those players who have club options or little time left on their contract, will have a different mindset than those who are locked in for a few more years. Jobs are on the line and individual performances will most likely be the last spark in a season that was merely embers.
The visitors today, come to Dicks Sporting Goods park having lost to the Chicago Fire 3-1 last weekend. LAFC is in 3rd place in the Western Conference standings and while dropping points on the road last week, are 6-7-2 when away from home.
Defensively the Rapids will have to bring their A game. Both Carlos Vela (11) and Diego Rossi (10) have double digit goals so far this season; you would have to add up the goals from almost every Rapid to equal that amount.
The idea going into today’s game for the Rapids is to not let the flood gates open, while keeping the ball off LAFC’s foot. The Rapids will want to hold most of the possession; if they can find some confidence in the final third and take shots, there is always a chance at an upset.
Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Kortne Ford, Danny Wilson, Tommy Smith, Edgar Castillo, Jack Price, Johan Blomberg, Kellyn Acosta, Dillon Serna, Giles Barnes, Nikki Jackson
Referee: Armando Villarreal
Assistant Referees: Cameron Blanchard, Logan Brown
4th Official: Joseph Dickerson
VAR: Alex Chilowicz
OUT: M – Sam Nicholson (back injury), F – Jack McBean (foot/toe injury);
QUESTIONABLE: F – Shkelzen Gashi (calf injury), M – Nana Boateng (undisclosed injury)
Suspended after next caution: F – Jack McBean, M – Johan Blomberg, M – Jack Price, D – Tommy Smith
OUT: GK – Quillan Roberts (right fibular fracture), M – Mark-Anthony Kaye (fractured ankle), M – Aaron Kovar (left knee irritation), D – Danilo Silva (right hamstring irritation), F – Latif Blessing (left hip flexor strain)
Suspended after next caution: N/A
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Saturday Oct, 6th, 7PM. MT
Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park Commerce City, CO
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
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