Game Preview: Rapids v LAFC

by Brendan Wyatt

It’s decision day and only a few Rapids fans predicted it would all come down to today.  It’s the one time a year where the league will sync their watches and have every match start at the same time.  This could add chaos like trying to get your bid in before the closing bell, but the Rapids know they have only so much of their fate in their hands.

The Rapids travel to LA to take on LAFC, who is this season’s juggernaut in MLS having the Supporters Shield already locked down with 69 points.  There are two ways LAFC will approach this game. 1) With 69 points earned, one more win will set the new record for most points in a season, now held by Atlanta.  2) Rest your big names, and or guys who may be a little knocked up.  Two very different scenarios that the Rapids must prepare for.  The likeliness of Carlos Vela not playing are low, Vela is chasing records of his own (31 goals scored) with Zlatan (29 goals scored) hot on his tail so it would take a big injury to keep him from suiting up today. 

For the Rapids, they are discovering their identity.  At the start of the season it was about preparation and how do other teams play, now it’s about themselves and how they play.  It’s shown in the results, as well has their confidence level and you must take in account momentum.  When you are on this kind of run where you have won five of your last six – and no team but your opponent has scored more points than you since June; you have the force with you.  

That also means this could be a low scoring game considering LAFC has the least amount of goals conceded.  Tim Howard could be called upon to help earn one more clean sheet before he turns the page to Memphis. 

As if Rapids fans were not already white knuckled over decision day, add to it that there are minimal ways to see them play.  C38 has a way and will be getting creative at Celtic on Market, meanwhile throwball will also be in full force so be prepared if you are going out. 

It’s been one heck of a ride and though we can see the end, it doesn’t feel over, not just yet.

Predicted Starting X: Tim Howard, Keegan Rosenberry, Tommy Smith, Lalas Abubakar, Sam Nicolson, Jack Price, Kellyn Acosta, Diego Rubio, Sam Vines, Andre Shinyashiki, Kei Kamara

Officials

Referee: Robert Sibiga

Assistant Referees: Eduardo Mariscal, Kevin Klinger

4th Official: Michael Radchuk

VAR: Edvin Jurisevic

Colorado

OUT: Kortne Ford (knee), Deklan Wynne (foot) Dillon Serna (surgery)

QUESTIONABLE:

Suspended:

Suspended after next caution:  

LAFC

OUT:

QUESTIONABLE:

Suspended:

Suspended after next caution: 

How to Watch

Match Date/Time: Sunday, October 6th 3pm MST

Venue: Banc of California Stadium – Los Angeles

TV Information: 

Radio: 92.5 FM

Live Stream: ESPN+ (subscription required)