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  • October 14, 2011
  • • 10:35 PM
  • • Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Denver, Colorado
  • Referee: R. Salazar
  • • Attendance: 16272
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MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Real Salt Lake

MLS Preview: Colorado Rapids - Real Salt Lake

George Frey

Real Salt Lake looks to snap a four-game losing streak and win the Rocky Mountain Cup at Dick's Sporting Goods Park


PROBABLE LINEUPS
Colorado Rapids (4-4-2): Pickens; Kimura, Wynne, Moor, Palguda; Mullan, Larentowicz, Mastroeni, Smith; Cummings, Nyassi.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: FW Conor Casey (L achilles tear); DF Anthony Wallace (R knee arthroscopic surgery)

QUESTIONABLE: FW Caleb Folan (L ankle sprain)

PROBABLE: GK Matt Pickens (R groin strain); MF Jamie Smith (R hamstring strain / R calf strain)

Real Salt Lake (4-4-2): Rimando; Russell, Borchers, Olave, Wingert; Williams, Morales, Gil, Johnson; Espindola, Saborio.

INJURY REPORT

OUT: DF Tony Beltran (L adductor strain); MF Nelson Gonzalez (R foot fracture); MF Will Johnson (R ankle sprain);

DOUBTFUL: MF Ned Grabavoy (L adductor strain); GK Kyle Reynish (R ankle bone spur);

QUESTIONABLE: FW Chris Agorsor (L hamstring strain);

PROBABLE: DF Robbie Russell (R hamstring strain)

DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Salt Lake is looking to win its fourth straight Rocky Mountain Cup. RSL defeated Colorado 1-0 in April on a late Fabian Espindola goal.

  • Colorado is in eighth place overall in MLS and will clinch a playoff berth with a win in this match.
  • RSL has lost four consecutive league matches, its longest skid since 2007, but has already locked up a playoff berth.
  • Kyle Beckerman and Collen Warner will both sit out this match for RSL with red card suspensions.
  • This could be Rapids head coach Gary Smith's final season in charge. He has admitted there is a "relationship issue" between himself and technical director Paul Bravo that may see Smith not re-sign with Colorado when his contract expires at the end of the season.
  • Rapids defender Drew Moor has scored the last two goals for the Rapids and now has four this season, a career high.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Colorado Rapids

Real Salt Lake

Wins
1
1
3
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Colorado Rapids RAP
Colorado Rapids Colorado Rapids
Draw
Real Salt Lake RSL
Real Salt Lake Real Salt Lake
52%
36%

Top 3 Predictions

Colorado Rapids RAP
2 - 1
Real Salt Lake RSL
Colorado Rapids RAP
1 - 2
Real Salt Lake RSL
Colorado Rapids RAP
0 - 1
Real Salt Lake RSL

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