Whitecaps vs Rapids Matchup Insight
Two and a half weeks ago, the Whitecaps entertained Colorado at home and pulled out their first ever win over the Denver based franchise with a late Sebastien Le Toux tally.
That game was inside the friendly confines of BC Place, so Colorado will be keen to return the favour on their side of the border.
Colorado still holds the lifetime record with two victories from last year.
Colorado is presently fifth in the Western Conference, sitting just outside the playoff picture. They have matched the ‘Caps in wins at 7, but have double the losses (at 8-4), with only one tie, while Vancouver has 5.
The ratio of 7 wins against 8 losses showcases a team of extreme inconsistency in the Rapids.
There is talent there, but severe injury issues have clouded their season to date.
Scottish midfielder Jamie Smith recently scored the winner in their last outing, but had been missing since last November.
Key forwards Conor Casey and Omar Cummings have also been in and out of the lineup.
Colorado is an unpredictable team and thus very dangerous.
The cagey coach has been rather elusive on how he will deploy Robson, but without Atiba Harris (injured), Jun Marques Davidson (suspended) and possibly John Thorrington (also injured), I will venture to say that Robson will start the game.
A win over the Rapids would provide a comfortable 7 point cushion in the standings, while a loss would leave a mere 1 point difference between the rivals.
The newest addition to the ‘Caps would be unlikely to last the whole game, due to lasting jet lag and a considerable break between competitive fixtures from England and the MLS.
Barry Robson on Colorado – “I know its hot, I know its humid, and I know that its high, that’s what I’ve been told. We’ll wait and see how it goes.”
Vancouver is still licking its wounds from the 3-0 thrashing suffered at the feet of the Galaxy and will be looking to Robson who brings a welcome injection of excitement, skill and competition for places.
Look for Vancouver to scrape out a 1-1 draw on the road.
Whitecaps FC defender Alain Rochat talks about upcoming match vs. Colorado Rapids
Who can forget that great goal the last time these teams played by Le Toux.