Game Preview: Rapids v Minnesota United FC

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by Brendan Wyatt

The Rapids play host to Minnesota United FC tonight as they look to extend their unbeaten streak to five games.  The Rapids have won three in a row at home and now look to regain the 2016 form that saw the team not lose at Dicks Sporting Goods Park until October.   

MUFC come to Commerce city on the back of two losses in a row, last week MUFC lost their first game at home to the Philadelphia Union 2-3.  A week prior on a Wednesday, the Rapids practically took their B-squad to Philly and went toe to toe with the Union in a 1-1 draw.

These two teams have a little history, more so with the trade that saw fan favorites Marc Burch and Sam Cronin go to the Loons, for Mo Saied and Josh Gatt. That trade left a bad taste in many fans mouth only to have something similar done again about the same time the next year.  That trade saw a family of friends in Eric Miller (and his family) go back home to Minnesota in exchange for Sam Nicholson; it may have taken another year for that trade to finally be of value. 

The Rapids record in trades with MUFC is almost the same as it is in the pitch.  With an overall record of 2-1-1 the Rapids do have an edge on Adrian Heath’s men, even more so at home where the Loons have yet to earn three points.  Despite having a tough season last year, the Rapids did pull the double, bagging six points from the Loons and look to do the same again this season.

On the injury front there is little to talk about when it comes to the Rapids; Kortne Ford remains on the out list as he recovers from his knee surgery.  Diego Rubio and Deklan Wynne are listed as questionable with foot concerns.  Wynne was subbed off early last week with the foot injury so it is likely that he may be out this week.  As for Minnesota, Bobby Shuttleworth is out because of a knee injury and Carter Manley is questionable with a leg injury.  Both teams have international absences for the Gold Cup, the most notable of course is the Rapids, Jonathan Lewis, who has been impressive since donning burgundy. 

The Rapids as a team have been impressive recently and have shown improvement with each passing week.   The attacking soccer that Rapids fans have heard about from General Manager after General Manager is finally starting to show.  Games are fun to watch once more, and there is an overall feeling as if we are living the soccer version of Major League; there is a sense of something special brewing.

Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Keegan Rosenberry, Tommy Smith, Lalas Abubakar, Sam vines, Jack Price, Kellyn Acosta, Sam Nicholson, Cole Bassett, Andre Shinyashiki, Kei Kamara

Officials:

Referee: Ramy Touchan

Assistant Referees: Adam Garner, Claudiu Badea

4th Official: Nima Saghafi

VAR: Victor Rivas

Colorado

OUT: Kortne Ford (knee)

QUESTIONABLE: Deklan Wynne (foot) Diego Rubio (foot)

Suspended: None

Suspended after next caution: Diego Rubio (F)

International duty: Jonathan Lewis (M)

Minnesota United FC

OUT:  Bobby Shuttleworth (GK) – right knee injury

QUESTIONABLE: Carter Manley (D) – left leg injury

Suspended:

Suspended after next caution: 

International duty:  Rasmus Schüller (M), Romain Métanire (D), Jan Gregus (M), Kevin Molino (M)

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. MT

Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO

TV Information: AltitudeTV

Radio: ALTITUDE950

Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

C38 Tailgate: Starts at 4:00 p.m.