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Posted on 21 June 2007 by Jeff Cann

Rapids host first-place Dallas

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO June 21, 2007 (ASN) — The Colorado Rapids completed their three-game road trip last Saturday, losing 2-0 in Los Angeles to Chivas USA. The Rapids will host FC Dallas at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park at 7 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, June 23. The Rapids [4-5-3; 12 pts.] are in 4th place in the MLS Western Conference. FC Dallas remains in first place with 22 points [7-6-1] despite their 4-0 loss to Toronto last weekend.

Colorado will be happy to return to the relatively friendly confines of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. They lost to bottom-feeders Chivas USA and Toronto FC and showed little offensive presence.

Rapids striker Roberto Brown returns to service after injuring his leg training with the Panamanian national team. They were eliminated from the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

The Rapids defense also should be improved with the expected return of Greg Vanney to the line-up.

Both he and Brandon Prideaux had missed many games this season with injuries. When both played for the Rapids, they are undefeated this year.

FC Dallas will look to rebound against the Rapids, particularly with the return of forward Carlos Ruiz to their line-up. He played in the Gold Cup for the Guatemala national team. This will be the second match of the series between FC Dallas and Colorado. FC Dallas beat the Rapids 3-1 at Pizza Hut Park in April.

International Absences

Rapids: Pablo Mastroeni

Dallas: Dax McCarty; Anthony Wallace

Injury Report

Rapids: PROBABLE: Greg Vanney (L Ankle Sprain); Nico Colaluca (L Ankle Sprain); Roberto Brown (R Ankle Sprain); Niko Hernandez (L Shin Contusion)

Dallas: OUT: DF Adrian Serioux (R knee); FW Roberto Mina (L knee); FW Kenny Cooper (R tibia fracture)

Jeff Cann can be reached at jcann@americansoccernews.net.
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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Primetime Thursday

Posted on 05 June 2007 by Jeff Cann


Rapids travel to Houston

by Jeff Cann

Commerce City, CO June 5, 2007 (ASN) — The Colorado Rapids continue their three-game road trip as they travel to Houston to play the ESPN2 Primetime Thursday match of the week. The kickoff is at 7 p.m. (MT) and unfortunately collides with the U.S. Men’s National Team match against Guatemala.

Playing poor defense in the first half, Colorado lost their last match to expansion Toronto FC, 2-1. The Rapids remain in second place in the MLS Western Conference with a record of 4-3-3 [15 points]. Houston has struggled early this season with a record of 3-5-1 [10 points] in the Western Conference. A win for Houston would significantly close the cap on conference leaders FC Dallas, who have earned 16 points.

Colorado has generally struggled against the Dynamo since the moved from San Jose [1-3-1] and they have yet to win in Houston. In their first match this season on May 5, Houston hammered the Rapids 3-1 in Commerce City, CO. However, the Rapids may come out with an aggressive posture upset after losing to expansion Toronto.

Rapids striker Roberto Brown is absent from the team due to CONCACAF Gold Cup duty for his native Panamanian team. In the Toronto FC game, newly acquired striker and Colorado native Conor Casey played well in Brown’s place. Casey setup Herculez Gomez’s fourth goal of the season with an excellent leading through ball that left Gomez alone to score from the Toronto penalty area.

The offensive play of Gomez and Casey is important for the Rapids to have a chance in Houston. More importantly is the need for the Rapids to solidify their defense. Rapids off-season additions of veteran defenders Brandon Prideaux and Greg Vanney have been on the injured list for several weeks. Despite the recent assertion of Rapids skipper Fernando Clavijo, who said that “our team is deep in talent,” it is clear that the defensive replacements of Dan Gargan and Chris Wingert are a downgrade in experience and talent.

Prideaux is listed as probable and Vanney is listed as doubtful for the Houston match. It is unlikely that Prideaux will see any playing time.

The other advantage for the Rapids is that three top players for the Dynamo are out for international duty. In particular, Dynamo striker Brian Ching seems to love scoring against the Rapids. He will play for the U.S. Men’s National team in the Gold Cup.

International Absences

Rapids: Roberto Brown, Pablo Mastroeni

Dynamo: Ricardo Clark, Brian Ching, Dwayne De Rosario

Injury Report

Rapids: DOUBTFUL: DF Greg Vanney (L ankle sprain); PROBABLE: DF Brandon Prideaux (R knee meniscus); DF Ugo Ihemelu (L knee)

Dynamo: OUT: Paul Dalglish (R ankle sprain); QUESTIONABLE: Kelly Gray (R hamstring strain); PROBABLE: Mike Chabala (L quadriceps strain)

Jeff Cann can be reached at jcann@americansoccernews.net.
© Cann/Cyber Soccer Associates, LLC 2007

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