Colorado goes into this game against Philadelphia sporting a 4-11-1 record all time against teams that they're meeting for the first time. I hope to holy anything that the Rapids find some way to buck that trend today, because Philadelphia has been having one stinker of a season in their first year of MLS play. 16 points in 18 games is only good enough to beat out DC United for the anti-supporters shield. (Which they should totally make and give to the worst team in the league every year. Maybe the Rapids would have some silverware if they did that!)
Helpful for the Rapids: The Union are playing on short rest, they had a very well played game against Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Hopefully that took all the fight out of them and the Rapids will be well-rested enough to prevent another hard fought 1-1 draw from coming out of them.
Conor Casey is back, giving the Rapids a fine 1-2 punch now at striker should Gary Smith decide to retain the 4-4-2 formation from last game that saw the Rapids play so very well. After the season-ending ACL tear, Colin Clark will most likely be replaced on the left side of the midfield with Wells Thompson or Jamie Smith. You all know I'm hoping for Thompson, of course.
It's an early one today, at 2 PM mountain time. Go Rapids!