The Rapids play mid-week this week as they host USL side New Mexico United. NMU was founded just a year ago so this is the first time these teams have played each other. New Mexico United sit at the top of the USL Championship Western conference with 25 points and a 6-7-2 record. Although they are in the USL Championship, NMU should not be taken too lightly as they have had to go to both Phoenix and the Springs, in order to earn this spot against the Rapids; both games needed extra time, one went to penalties.
It is likely that the Rapids will field a side that needs minutes, as well as resting those who have had plenty. The Rapids took in essence a B-squad to Philadelphia and held the Union to a 1-1- draw, which should provide enough confidence to see the Burgundy Boys through.
Jack Price (hip) and Andre Shinyashiki (hamstring) are listed as questionable for this match, meanwhile Kortne Ford is still out and Deklan Wynne joins him on the “out” list. One other thing to consider is that in an Open Cup game only five internationals are allowed to be on the 18 for the game. This could mean Shinyashiki could sit, as could Wilson, Price, Smith and Mezquida. Internationals who haven’t had many minutes like Wilson and Blomberg could be called upon tonight though.
The Rapids are riding a five-game unbeaten streak, which gives fans hope that the Rapids will continue the streak, even if its an US Open Cup game.
Predicted starting XI: Clint Irwin, Sebastian Anderson, Kofi Opare, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Danny Wilson, Cole Bassett, Johan Blomberg, Nicolas Mezquida, Diego Rubio, Dillon Serna
Kickoff at 7pm streaming on ESPN+