Competition: Major League Soccer – Colorado Rapids vs. New York City FC
Venue: Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Saturday, March 21 – 16:00 ET (20:00 GMT – Live on Sky Sports 5)
Match Odds: Colorado 13/10 – Draw 12/5 – NYCFC 2/1
The Rapids earned a 0-0 draw away at the Philadelphia Union on opening weekend and although that was a good result, Colorado are now without an MLS win in 15.
New York City recorded their first-ever MLS victory in last weekend’s home opener against the New England Revolution as David Villa inspired his team to a 2-0 win at Yankee Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
A tricky away trip to Colorado will be a different challenge for NYCFC and Jason Kreis will be looking to keep the team’s unbeaten start intact come the end of the game.
New York City currently sit at the top of the Eastern Conference, alongside fellow expansion club Orlando City and will see Saturday’s clash against the Rapids as a winnable one.Embed from Getty Images
The Rapids will be hoping to put their 15-game winless streak to an end in front of their home fans but will need to be more positive than they were in the draw with Philadelphia as they attempted just two shots on goal – the lowest number in the club’s 20 year history, and neither of those were on target.
Colorado have two suspensions to worry about early on in the season as defenders Bobby Burling and James Riley will both miss the game. On top of that, the Rapids will be without Drew Moor (knee) and Charles Eloundou (fitness), while Juan Ramirez is a doubt as he struggles with a hamstring injury. Deshorn Brown has left the club in a transfer to Norwegian club Valerenga so Dominique Badji is likely to start in attack once again.Embed from Getty Images
New York City FC will be without defender George John (knee) though goalkeeper Ryan Meara could return to the squad following a return from a knee injury. Jason Kreis is likely to field an unchanged lineup from the one that beat New England last weekend.
Colorado Rapids’ form: D
New York City FC’s form: D/W
Key Stat: Colorado Rapids have not scored a goal in their past three MLS games. It has been 330 minutes since their last competitive goal.
Key Player: David Villa – An obvious choice but hard to ignore after last week’s incredible performance against New England. Expect Villa to pull the strings in attack once again.
Colorado Rapids 1-2 New York City FC – This should be an exciting game as the Rapids will have to express themselves more than they did in Philadelphia. That will lead to an end-to-end contest but that will suit NYCFC more and they should record back-to-back wins in what will be their first away win in MLS.