28 June 2007

Match Briefing for 12.12: Colorado Rapids

Match #: 12.12

Colorado Rapids
15pts, 13GF, 17GA, -4 GD
4th place Western Conference
8th place (tie-Crew) MLS

Six Word Novel Preview: International Absences, National TV, Local Pressure.


Radio: WMET 1160AM

Previous Meeting: Match 12.01 - Rapids 2 : 1 DC United (Debrief / First Impressions)

The Stakes: United says they're embarrassed and ready to rebound from a shocking loss at Salt Lake. Then again, they said they're weren't taking Salt Lake lightly. While United will be missing three critical players to Copa America (Moreno - BOL; Boswell, Olsen - USA) the most critical absence may be Bryan Namoff missing the game to the hamstring injury. This makes this game the biggest test of United's depth this season.

For Colorado, a hot start has faded. Whispers about Fernando Clavijo's job security are probably premature, as I seriously doubt that Colorado likes the idea of firing a coach in the middle of their first year at a new stadium. Colorado also is facing absences, with Herculez Gomez and Kyle Beckerman both absent. However, the team wasn't exactly clicking with them in the line-up. Colorado will leave happy with a draw (taking 4 of 6 points from United). United should be looking to even the series.

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Expectations: If you're a pessimist, you've convinced yourself that United is going to drop points here. I personally do take the team at their word, and expect full spoils. While I'm nervous about the absences, I think Colorado is hurt far more than United is. In response, Colorado will probably play hack and slash football against Emilio and Gomez, and I expect to see a lot of Route One football from Colorado's distribution. United can counter with Moose (and I hope they do). The Namoff absence worries me, as we're now in the "two-down" scenario that I thought would make issues apparent. However, Conor Casey has yet to impress me as a forward, making me wonder who Terry Cooke will find for his crosses.

What to look for?
  • If Fred and Moose are consistently positive with the ball, then Colorado's will need to bunker. If they don't seem to find the ball, then it could be a long night.
  • Moreno was usually the one to check back to the ball, but if Kpene is his replacement I can see Kpene staying higher near the box and Emilio dropping back to take the ball, lay it off, and make a run to the post.
  • Colorado will want to slow this game down, and I'm not sure United will be able to break out of it.
  • I hate the fact that this team is so dependent on the first goal. But, well, that's the facts of life.

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At 28 June, 2007 13:03, Anonymous keithw said...

Casey is listed as out with injury, Goff says Peterson will be starting in his place at forward.

At 28 June, 2007 13:23, Anonymous bdr said...

Fred brace!

At 28 June, 2007 15:34, Blogger Oscar M. said...

umm, what team *isn't* dependent on the first goal :)

At 28 June, 2007 21:46, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it, love it, love it!

The only thing bittersweet concerning this vic is we should be at the top of the Eastern standings, not tied outside the top two.

I never did catch the RSL game as I was just getting back to the states at the time, but is it safe to say we can chock up that game, and our position on the watchlist to "Sh*t Happens"?


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