Caps (9-8-3) vs Rapids (6-12-2)
MLS Regular Season
Radio: TSN 1410
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
Referee: Nima Saghafi
ARs: Matthew Nelson, Peter Balciunas
4th: Armando Villareal
VAR: Fotis Bazakos
The Caps roll into Colorado looking to back up last week’s demolition of FC Dallas in Dallas was no happy accident. The Caps have to be weary of the bottom dwelling Rapids as some of the more brutal losses I’ve witnessed were against “lesser” sides. Portland at home a couple weeks ago, anyone?
Having sent no representatives to the mid-season friendly, Robbo should have a full arsenal of players at his disposal, assuming the veterans that were rested last week have rejoined the team.
With Reyna finally having made his debut and Ibini finally showing what he’s capabale of, where does this leave Davies? He usually was first off the bench, however, when Robbo has his choice 11 (4-1-4-1 presumably with Techera, Tchani, Jacobson, Bola and Laba as the midfield 5some) or does he go back to 4-2-3-1 utlizing Reyna as a #10. SHould be interesting to see how this unfolds.
Mastroeni leads his Rapids squad into this matchup trailing the pack in the Western Conference. 2 points behind Minnesota, with 2 matches in hand and 10 points behind the Caps. If there’s one thing that ties these two clubs together is inconsistency. Each team has shown glimpses of being able to hang with the upper tier of teams, and then come up with efforts that make you wonder.
If there has been one thing that the Rapids have been consistent about, it is not scoring goals. They are 2nd from the bottom in goals scored with 20, through 20 matches. I’m not sure how you rectify as the Caps have only averaged 1 more goal per game than the Rapids. The significant point: The Caps are holding down the last playoff spot.
This game also marks the first official encounter both teams could have with VAR (Video Assistant Referee). As noted above, a 5th official has been added, with the specific function of being the VAR.