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Rapids hit the road

Posted on 18 April 2007 by Jeff Cann

Brown suspended for game at Pizza Hut Park

by Jeff Cann

Denver, CO April 18, 2007 — (ASN) On Sunday, the Colorado Rapids travel to Texas to play FC Dallas in their first away game of the 2007 MLS season (1 p.m. MT). In their last match, a ten-man Rapids side tied the Chicago Fire, 1-1.

Both FC Dallas [1-1-1] and Colorado [1-0-1] are tied for first place in the Western Conference with 4 points each. Altitude and Telefutura will broadcast the game live on television.

In his closing comments last week, Rapids head coach Fernando Clavijo acknowledged that FC Dallas is a formidable opponent, saying “we know FC Dallas is a quality team.” A sound observation, especially in light of the Rapids’ 4-14-2 record on the road against FC Dallas.

Sunday’s game is the home opener for FC Dallas.

Where’s Roberto?
Panamanian striker Roberto Brown will miss the game on Sunday to serve a one-game suspension. He was ejected in the sixth minute in the match against the Fire. He accounts for 30% of the Rapids offense so far this season, scoring one of three goals for the team.

Where’s Herculez?
Twenty minutes after losing Brown to the red card, the Rapids shifted their alignment and moved midfielder Herculez Gomez to the lone striker position. Will the Rapids move him up along side Niko Hernandez against FC Dallas in the absence of Brown? It would be an intriguing lineup, and one that Clavijo has not ruled out.

Facts and Figures
— Rapids midfielder Herculez Gomez scored two goals and was the Man of the Match in both the Rapids’ games this season.

— FC Dallas midfielder Dax McCarty will make his first career MLS start against Colorado on Sunday.

Probable Lineups
Rapids: Bouna Coundoul, Brandon Prideaux, Mike Petke, Ugo Ihemelu, Greg Vanney, Terry Cooke, Kyle Beckerman, Pablo Mastroeni, Herculez Gomez, Jovan Kirovski, Nicolas Hernandez

FC Dallas: Shaka Hislop, Chris Gbandi, Alex Yi, Clarence Goodson, Drew Moor, Dax McCarty, Juan Carlos Toja, Arturo Alvarez, Ramon Nunez, Kenny Cooper, Carlos Ruiz

Injury Report

Colorado Rapids — No injuries reported.

FC Dallas — OUT: MF Marcelo Saragosa (right knee MCL), DF Adrian Serioux (right knee surgery); DOUBTFUL: FW Roberto Mina (left knee), DF David Wagenfuhr (concussion).

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

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