The July 4th game is one that many fans look forward to every year. Even if the team isn’t doing so well, which was the case at the start of the season, most fans have this game marked on their calendar. It’s the family and friends’ game, the one where you bring your family and friends in the hopes of getting them addicted to the gameday experience. The Rapids are 13-5-5 on Impendence Day, so its almost always a game to remember.
This year the Rapids take on the New England Revolution. The Revs are the Eastern Conference version of the Rapids. With new coach Brad Friedel at the helm, the Ravs saw just 2 wins in their first ten which sent the former USMNT keeper packing. In comes Bruce Arena and now the REVs are on a six-game unbeaten streak; drawing against the top three teams in the east.
New England, despite all their former glory, has only seen 4 W’s in their existence when playing here. With an overall record of 4-14-4 in Colorful Colorado, the Revs will be looking to keep their unbeaten streak alive as well.
The Rapids are not just on an unbeaten streak but are riding a huge wave of momentum at home having won their last 4. If the Rapids continue to take care of business at home, the talk of playoff hopes won’t be so far fetched. Coach Casey has some ties to Bruce Arena, having briefly played for him while playing for the Men’s national team. This could be a situation where we see if student overcomes the master. Kei Kamara also played for the Revs and we saw how he picked apart Vancouver. Rapids fans can be hopeful that he will be looking to do the same today.
As for injuries, Jack Price may not partake in this one as he was seen jogging around the training pitch, recovering from a hamstring concern. It’s very likely that Cole Bassett will step in the midfield alongside Danny Wilson. Sam Nicolson is in the same boat and adding to that, Jonathan Lewis is still with the USMNT so the likeliness of a Diego Rubio and Andre Shinyashiki getting the nod are very high.
Predicted starting XI: Tim Howard, Keegan Rosenberry, Tommy Smith, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Danny Wilson, Cole Bassett, Diego Rubio, Kellyn Acosta, Andre Shinyashiki, Kei Kamara
Referee: Alex Chilowicz
Assistant Referees: Brian Dunn, Jeff Hosking
4th Official: Lukasz Szpala
VAR: Luis Guardia
OUT: Kortne Ford (knee) Deklan Wynne (foot)
QUESTIONABLE: Sam Nicolson (hamstring) Jack Price (hamstring)
Suspended after next caution: Kellyn Acosta (M), Diego Rubio (F) Jack Price (M)
International duty: Jonathan Lewis (M)
QUESTIONABLE: Michael Mancienne (D) – foot injury
Suspended after next caution: Antonio Mlinar Delamea (D), Juan Agudelo (F)
International duty: Zachary Herivaux (M)
How to Watch
Match Date/Time: Thursday July 4th 7pm MST
Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
TV Information: AltitudeTV
Radio: 92.5 FM
Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)
C38 Tailgate: 4pm