Teams: Colorado Rapids vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Kick-off: 07:30 a.m. IST at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Commerce City, Colo.
Where to Watch: The game will be live televised on DSport, this Saturday
Last Game Played: Sep 25, 2016 ; VAN 3-3 COL
Season Goal leaders: Colorado Rapids- Dominique Badji (2 goals), Vancouver Whitecaps FC- Bradley Fredy Montero (4 goals)
This seems that Colorado Rapids are struggling to win and they will put all their cards on Saturday to win against Vancouver Whitecaps at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The match kicks off at 07:30 a.m. and will be televised live on DSport.
Colorado’s 2-0 loss at Orlando on Sunday was their fourth on the spin and they find themselves at the bottom of the Western conference club coming into the weekend.
After shocking the league by riding an all-time great defense to a second-place finish in the Supporters’ Shield race in 2016, the Rapids have struggled mightily out of the gate. Colorado are tied for last in MLS with just four points in seven games, and are coming off of a miserable April in which they dropped all four of their matches by a combined 8-2 margin.
Colorado’s head coach, Pablo Mastroeni is under immense pressure, as players aren’t performing and Saturday’s loss in the game would leave the club in a deep hole.
The Rapids hoping to get a boost from goalkeeper Tim Howard’s return from a three-game suspension on Saturday. Howard should help fill a bit of an on-field leadership void that’s plagued Colorado since veterans Sam Cronin and Marc Burch were sent to Minnesota on March 31. His presence could make a difference to a backline that’s been solid in 2017.
Colorado has a benefit to play at home ground and this is expected to boost up their performance in the Saturday’s game. Three of the four losses in their current skid came away from Denver, with the one home defeat coming after conceding two late goals in a 2-1 loss to Real Salt Lake. The Rapids are unbeaten in their two other home contests this year, defeating New England 1-0 in the season opener on March 4 and drawing Minnesota 2-2 on March 18.
Vancouver are much sorted for the time being. The Whitecaps are coming off of a solid 2-1 road win at Montreal on Sunday that saw Andrew Jacobson and Cristian Techera both score fine goals. The win, which followed a solid showing – albeit in a loss – at Portland on April 22, has Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson feeling confident heading into Saturday’s match, the third leg of Vancouver’s four-game road trip.
The victory at the Impact pushed Vancouver above the red line, and gave the ‘Caps two wins in their last three matches. They’ll be confident heading into Saturday’s match with the reeling Rapids, and a win would make for a very solid road trip, regardless of what happens next week at Houston.
- Int’l Duty:None
- Injury Report: OUT – D Axel Sjoberg (hamstring), M Bismark Adjei-Boateng (back injury)
Projected Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard – Eric Miller, Bobby Burling, Jared Watts, Mekeil Williams – Micheal Azira, Dillon Powers – Marlon Hairston, Mohammed Saeid, Kevin Doyle – Dominique Badji
Notes: Colorado have only lost once in their last six regular season meetings against Vancouver, and have scored multiple goals in three straight matches against the Whitecaps … In two games against Minnesota, Colorado scored two goals and posted just six shots on target. The rest of the league is averaging 3.3 goals and 5.9 shots on target per game against the Loons.
- Suspensions: None
- Int’l Duty: None
- Injury Report: OUT – D Brett Levis (ACL tear), M Yordy Reyna (foot surgery), D – David Edgar (PCL, MCL tear), F – Erik Hurtado (left foot contusion), M – Brek Shea (left knee sprain), M – Marco Bustos (left hamstring), D – Christian Dean (foot injury)
Projected Starting Lineup (4-1-4-1): David Ousted – Sheanon Williams, Kendall Waston, Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey – Matias Laba – Cristian Techera, Andrew Jacobson, Tony Tchani, Christian Bolanos – Fredy Montero
Notes: Vancouver have won three of their last five MLS games (3-2-0). They had three wins in their previous 18 MLS matches combined (0-9-6) … Midfielder Andrew Jacobson registered a goal and an assist against Montreal, marking the first time since the start of the 2010 regular season that he’d recorded a goal and assist in the same match.
Overall: Colorado 9 wins (24 goals), Vancouver 5 wins (21 goals), 3 draws
At Colorado: Colorado 7 wins (13 goals), Vancouver 1 win (5 goals), 0 draws
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