Game: Colorado Rapids vs. Philadelphia Union
Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO
When: 3:00 PM ET
Commentators: JP Dellacamera and Peter Pappas
Meet The Opposition: Burgundy Wave
The Colorado Rapids were MLS Cup winners in 2010. This is a true story. For real. It happened. Of course, you could not tell now, as Oscar Pareja's side finished near the bottom of the Western Conference standings last season and is in the midst of a rebuild. One former Rapid a victim of the rebuild, Conor Casey, is now with the Philadelphia Union and probably figures to get some playing time in his return to Colorado. The Rapids possess a youthful squad with a dangerous attack that will look to take advantage of a Union defense that started out a little shaky against Sporting Kansas City.
Philadelphia Union starting XI: (4-1-2-1-2) Zac MacMath; Raymon Gaddis Jeff Parke, Amobi Okugo, Sheanon Williams; Brian Carroll; Keon Daniel, Michael Farfan; Danny Cruz; Sebastien Le Toux, Jack McInerney
Philadelphia Union bench: Chris Konopka, Bakary Soumare, Michael Lahoud, Gabriel Farfan, Chris Albright, Antoine Hoppenot, Roger Torres
Colorado Rapids starting XI: (4-3-3) Matt Pickens; Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Diego Calderón, Brian Mullan; Pablo Mastroeni, Hendry Thomas, Dillon Powers; Atiba Harris, Kevin Harbottle, Deshorn Brown
Colorado Rapids bench: Andre Akpan, Chris Klute, Jamie Smith, Nick LaBrocca, Tony Cascio, Kamani Hill, Clinton Irwin
Prediction: Despite losing 3-1 to Sporting Kansas City, the Union displayed showed some promise in their attacking game especially in the first half, and I want to believe that promise can turn into something, but the fact this is a road game in a cold environment gives me great pause. My first thought was to pick Colorado Rapids in a 2-1 win, but the Flyers and Sixers failing this season has me clinging to that string of optimism the Union gave me in 40 minutes against Sporting Kansas City. 1-1 Draw.