Game Preview: Rapids v Quakes

by Brendan Wyatt

It’s time for revenge.  Two weeks ago, the Colorado Rapids went to San Jose and didn’t do so well.  Now the Quakes do some time traveling to where the plague still exists (in rodents) and there is still hope in in the eyes of Rapids fans.

The Rapids are coming off an historic win last week against the Montreal Impact and plan to use that momentum going forward.  Despite some injuries, including Tim Howard (listed as questionable) and Tommy Smith (who was still doing side work late in the week at training), the Rapids have every intention on getting revenge from that 3-1 loss two weeks ago.

San Jose’s win against the Rapids last week was their last win in a streak of five when they could only manage a 1-1 tie to Columbus last week.  Most teams in MLS don’t travel well, in fact only LAFC has an above .500 record away.  San Jose is in third place in the standings but have a 3-4-3 record away from Avaya Stadium.  As for the head to head in Colorado, the Rapids are 13-13-8. These two teams always seem to keep it close. 

Should San Jose come into this game and sit back a bit, there is a chance for the Rapids to do what they did to Montreal, but if San Jose comes pressing hard and can get into the Rapids 18, then we could be watching the same game we saw two weeks ago.  This game could come down to fitness at altitude. In the past I’ve not always been convinced that the Rapids had the edge here, but not today. This squad can go 90 minutes on the attack and not look like they have been hung out to dry.

Predicted starting XI: Clint Irwin, Keegan Rosenberry, Danny Wilson, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Vines, Jack Price, Sam Nicolson, Diego Rubio, Kellyn Acosta, Andre Shinyashiki, Kei Kamara

Officials

Referee: Tim Ford

 Assistant Referees: Jeff Hosking, Gjovalin Bori

4th Official:  Ramy Touchan

VAR: Daniel Radford

Colorado

OUT: Kortne Ford (knee), Deklan Wynne (foot)

QUESTIONABLE: Tim Howard (calf)

Suspended:

Suspended after next caution: Jack Price, Danny Wilson, Kei Kamara, Lalas Abubakar

San Jose

OUT: Anibal Godoy (M) – abdomen surgery

QUESTIONABLE: Cristian Espinoza (M) – lower leg injury, Andres Rios (F) – upper thigh injury

Suspended: N/A

Suspended after next caution: Harold Cummings (D), Nick Lima (D)

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Saturday, August 10th at 7 p.m. MST

Venue: Dicks Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, CO

TV Information: AltitudeTV

Radio: 92.5 FM

Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)

C38 Tailgate: 4pm $7 donation