Saturday, August 7, 2010

Colorado and San Jose battle in Denver for conference placement

June was a pretty good month for the Rapids. They were winning, playing decent defense and scoring. Since then... well, Colorado hasn't scored more than one goal in a game since June. It's also been that long since they won a game. June was also the last time the Rapids defense and goalkeeper managed to put together a clean sheet. If the Rapids want to make the playoffs, they might want to quell all those particular droughts, starting tonight against San Jose.

This game will prove most likely to be incredibly important in determining final placements in the West, as San Jose currently sits only a single point down from the Rapids with the number of games left in the season quickly starting to dwindle. Los Angeles and Real Salt Lake seem to have the first and second spots in the West locked down, so the final two spots will require some fighting for.

Conor Casey will probably sit out again as that concussion he suffered in Seattle continues to bother him. If coach Gary Smith runs the 4-5-1 as usual, we'll most likely see Omar Cummings in the forward spot along with perhaps Anthony Wallace's first start as a Rapid in the Left-back spot on the defense. Smith could also start his version of the 4-4-2 with either Claudio Lopez or the now back from his loan Andre Akpan alongside Cummings.

Colorado hasn't beat San Jose since they came back to the league from their hiatus in 2008. They last met all the way back on May 1st, as the Quakes squeaked out a 1-0 win off a goal from Chris Wondolowski.

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