Where: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
When: Saturday, August 6th, 6 pm PT
Watch/Listen: TSN 2, TSN1040
After a recent trip to Trinidad and Tobago for some CONCACAF Champions League Action, the Vancouver Whitecaps are heading to Colorado this weekend, returning to MLS Regular Season Action.
The Whitecaps fielded a young lineup on Wednesday for the Central FC match, but the team will still be dealing with some travel fatigue. One player that should be well rested is Giles Barnes, the new Striker that’s set to make his debut against the Rapids. The Whitecaps are praying he will be able to consistently answer the call at the position, finally giving them a legitimate scorer that can compliment the talented attacking midfield the Whitecaps currently have.
The Whitecaps and Rapids last played each other on July 9th, battling to a 2-2 draw.
According to the WhitecapsFC.com match preview, the ‘Caps will likely be without the services of Jordan Harvey, as he battles a left knee sprain picked up against FC Dallas last weekend.
The Colorado Rapids have only one win in their last six contests, but have been very good at home all season long. The Rapids sit with an 8-0-3 record at Dicks Sporting Goods Park, while Vancouver counters with a pedestrian 3-7-1 record on the road. Still, the Rapids put forth an absolute stinker last week, routed by New York City FC 5-1. If the Whitecaps can score early, it may further wilt the confidence of the suddenly struggling Colorado squad.
The Rapids have a number of good attacking options, including Irish DP Kevin Doyle, Midfielder Jermaine Jones, and Albanian midfielder Shkëlzen Gashi. Gashi is an interesting case; He sits 8th in MLS in shots, but has only scored three times. They also recently added former Whitecaps Sebastien Le Toux from Philadelphia.
Meanwhile, the Whitecaps will be relying on their key players, including offensive leaders Pedro Morales (6 goals), Kekuta Manneh (5 goals) and Christian Bolanos (5 goals).
Colorado is a good team, and while they’ve struggled as of late, they are anything but sitting ducks. The Whitecaps will be for a tough battle for this one, and I say it ends in a 1-1 draw.