Game Preview: Rapids v FC Cincinnati

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by Brendan Wyatt

The Colorado Rapids play host to MLS newcomers FC Cincinnati today with a 6:30 pm kickoff time.  With this being the first MLS meeting between the two teams, there is not much to talk about in the area of historical stats. So, let’s look at them a little differently.

FCC are the Eastern Conference equivalent of the Colorado Rapids; with more in common than being on the bottom of their conference standings.  A week after the Rapids fired coach Hudson, FCC fired Alan Koch; both teams saw an improvement right away in their interim managers. Their records are nearly identical with the Rapids sitting with a 2-9-3 record, FC Cincinnati has a 3-9-2 record.  While the Rapids owner may own an NLF team, FC Cincinnati’s owner was an NFL executive for the Bengals for nearly 20 years before founding the soccer team in 2015. Only recently did it occur to Jeff Berding, that the NFL is different and someone who knows soccer should run the day to day business.  So he hired Gerard Nijkamp as General manager earlier this week; the Dutch version of the Rapids Padraig Smith.

Both teams also have a roster worthy of much more wins than loses, yet the beginning of the season hasn’t started out as they would have hoped.  Today both teams look to better their season tonight in what could be a good game for Rapids fans.  FC Cincinnati has not been able to find the back of the net recently as the Rapids have been able to fine tune their attack as of late. 

While the Rapids are relatively healthy with only Kortne Ford listed as out, FCC is in a bad place with one player out and seven listed as questionable and one more suspended.  Even though FCC did not play mid-week like the Rapids they are working with a limited roster.  The Rapids did keep some of their mainstays in the lineup home and look to be fresh and ready to give the home fans a good show.

The only concern fans may have with today’s game, might be that Ted Unkle is the center referee. If you haven’t been paying attention to the names of the refs who haven’t been very kind to the Rapids in the past, know that this guy is nearing the top of the list.

Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Keegan Rosenberry, Lalas Abubakar, Tommy Smith, Deklan Wynne, Jack Price, Sam Nicholson, Kellyn Acosta, Jonathan Lewis, Diego Rubio, Kei Kamara.

Colorado

OUT: Kortne Ford (knee)

QUESTIONABLE: NA

Suspended: None

  • Suspended after next caution: Diego Rubio (F)

FC Cincinnati

  • OUT:  Jimmy McLaughlin (M) – right ACL surgery
  • QUESTIONABLE: Corben Bone (M) – left shoulder injury
  • Allan Cruz (M) – left ankle injury
  • Greg Garza (D) – right calf injury
  • Fatai Alashe (M) – hamstring injury
  • Darren Mattocks (F) – hip injury
  • Kenny Saief (M) – hamstring injury
  • Leonardo Bertone (M) – hamstring injury

Suspended: Kendall Waston (D)

  • Suspended after next caution: Leonardo Bertone (M)

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday June 1st, 6:30pm MT

Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO

Officials:

  • Referee: Ted Unkel
  • Assistant Referees: Ian Anderson, Andrew Bigelow
  • 4th Official: Farhad Dadkho
  • VAR: Younes Marrakchi