Game Preview: Rapids v Union

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by Brendan Wyatt

Game two of three in a span of eight days has the Colorado Rapids traveling to the city of Brotherly Love as they take on the Philadelphia Union tonight.

The Union sit second in the east with 24 points, just one point below DC United.  Overall the Union have struggled at times when playing the Rapids as they are 2-4-5 and 1-2-3 at home.  Although the Union sit near the top of the standings, they are on a slight down swing having failed to score a goal against Seattle in a 0-0 draw, then losing to Portland 3-1 last weekend. 

A mid-week game for the Union might prove difficult to regain form. Both teams might see a few changes to their starting lineup with lingering injuries and minimal time to recover, it’s no surprise when it comes to making some minor changes. 

For the Rapids, Tim Howard and Danny Wilson were listed as questionable with hamstring concerns.  In this case, Rapids fans should expect to see Clint Irwin make his first start of the season.  Since Danny Wilson was not in the starting line up last week, there may have been a chance he would have been called upon tonight, but that is unlikely now.  Sam Nicholson has been working very hard and might be given a chance to rest, but if he is anywhere near 100% it’s a high probability that he will be ready to go come kickoff. The other option for change is Lalas Abubakar, he is eligible to play once again and that could mean either Deklan Wynne, or Sam Vines could get a breather. 

The Union is Keegan Rosenberry’s old club, Philly is his home state and it is very likely he will be on his A game in front of a familiar crowd.  It can also be said that Coach Conor Casey spent some time in Philly too, and how bittersweet would it be to see another Rapids legend coach his team to a win in Philadelphia?

Predicted starting XI: Clint Irwin, Keegan Rosenberry, Deklan Wynne, Tommy Smith, Sam Vines, Jack Price, Sam Nicholson, Kellyn Acosta, Jonathan Lewis, Diego Rubio, Kei Kamara.

Colorado

OUT: Kortne Ford (knee)

QUESTIONABLE: NA

Suspended: None

Philadelphia

  • OUT:  None
  • QUESTIONABLE: None

International Duty: Mark McKenzie (D), Matthew Real (D)

Suspended: None

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, May 29th, 5:30pm MT

Venue: Talen Energy Stadium — Chester, PA

Watch Party Locations: Blue Spruce Brewery, Celtic on Market, Frolic Brewing Co.

Officials:

  • Referee: Tim Ford
  • Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn, Michael Kampmeinert
  • 4th Official: Rubiel Vazquez
  • VAR: Sorin Stoica