Vancouver Whitecaps-Colorado Rapids: MLS Match Preview, Prediction
The Colorado Rapids return to the postseason after a one-year absence. Currently Colorado sit in fifth, but a win and a draw between Los Angeles Galaxy and Seattle Sounders FC on Sunday will see them jump into the third seed and avoid the dreaded play-in game.
Colorado has been on a great run recently, only losing three of the previous 16 matches. They’ve been led offensively by Jamaican international Deshorn Brown and his 10 goals this season, including three in as many games and more recently by Gabriel Torres with three goals in his last two matches. Colorado is pretty consistent when it comes to their scoring, but is very capable of getting very hot very quickly as they showed three weeks ago in a 5-1 thumping of Seattle.
In this match, Colorado will need to have big games from Drew Moor and Nathan Sturgis defensively. Between the two of them, they will need to know where Camilo Sanvezzo is at all times as he has proven at numerous times this season that he only needs an inch to create something magical.
The Vancouver Whitecaps will be very disappointed in this season which started with high expectations. Vancouver did claim their first Cascadia Cup trophy since joining the top flight, but they were built for a deeper run in postseason.
Vancouver should be very optimistic for the upcoming season, though they do have some tough decisions to make. With the recent emergence of Kekuta Manneh at forward, does that mean that Kenny Miller’s time is up? It would be a very smart move for Vancouver since Miller is in his mid-30s and it would clear up a DP spot where they could add another dynamic piece to their already stellar attack.
One position needing to be addressed will be the right-back spot as Lee Young-Pyo has announced his retirement at the end of the season. Expect Martin Rennie to scour the globe in search of the replacement as he is well aware that good right-backs don’t grow on trees. Whoever Rennie finds will be a great fit as most of his signings have been since taking over as manager.
The Colorado Rapids travel north of the border to take on Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. ET. The game is not available on TV, but can be seen on MLS Live.
Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps 2, Colorado Rapids 1
The all-time series between these two clubs is very interesting as one team has dominated each season and this season, it’s been Colorado. With the playoff elimination fresh in Vancouver’s minds and Camilo still in the hunt for the scoring title, I expect the Whitecaps to come out on top and finish the season strong.
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