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Match Preview: Union @ Colorado Rapids

Saturday, June 4 @ 9pm @ Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, CO

Union are coming off their most impressive display of the season, that 6-2 thrashing of Toronto FC that we all enjoyed watching so much (save for the first 15 minutes of the 2nd half).  Union largely avoid being effected by the Gold Cup, as only Carlos Ruiz is away serving national team duty.  Should Union continue to score in droves sans Ruiz, then I will be rooting for Guatemala to make a long run in the tournament.

Colorado, on the other hand, loses 2 players to playing in the Gold Cup.  Omar Cummings, the scary-good forward, and Tyrone Marshall will both be playing for Jamaica, which is good for Union.  What isn’t so good is that Colorado earned a draw at RBNY without those 2 in the lineup.  One of their goals was allegedly somewhat of a gift, a penalty given for a foul that appeared to be outside of the area.  Still, both of those goals were scored by Chestnut Hill Academy product Jeff Larentowicz.  He will be in this match, so Rapids are still dangerous.  They also have only lost 1 match thus far at home.  But they’ve only won 4 matches overall.

Union will look to continue their offensive growth, as well as further their consecutive wins.  The 6-pack they put up on TFC was likely an abberation, but their confidence and competency is not.  The recipe seems to be take Union, remove Ruiz, add a Farfan, the POOF!  instant offensive success!  Or something like that.  It also helps when Justin Mapp actually plays the way he’s supposed to (read: using both feet) and they get width from both the outside midfielders and their fullbacks.  Jordan Harvey’s cross to set up the first goal, while far from perfect, worked because he was wide enough that he had the space to pass.  The part he could control, putting the ball into a good attacking area, was accomplished.  That doesn’t happen as often when any number of midfielders who drift toward the center of the pitch as if magnetically drawn attempt through balls from those compromised positions.  Tactics and instinct aside, the most encouraging part is that they are showing the confidence with their shooting (except for some French guy who led this team in every statistical category that mattered last year).

Riding this momentum will result in a nice road result against a mildly short-handed side.  I see this match going to Union 2-1.  I’m a bit concerned with the way Mondragon plays when pressed into action.  I hope the backline feels the need to step up after last week’s performance (not that they were bad, just bad for them.  They’ve set a higher standard).  No clean sheet, but 3 points on the road is never a bad thing.  And 6 more goals would be nice, but I’m not holding my breath.

  1. Miss Cleo
    June 7, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    I see a 1 to 1 draw, with the Union striking last. You can thank me later. Call me now for your free reading!

  1. June 3, 2011 at 11:14 AM

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