Major League Soccer: Colorado Rapids vs Orlando City
Dick’s Sporting Goods Park – Sunday, April 29 2018 – 16:00 ET (21:00 BST)
Colorado Rapids vs Orlando City: Preview
Last weekend was Colorado’s first loss since Week 1. They can feel hard done by not to see performances reflect a higher position in the standings – having won two, drawn two and lost two.
This is going to be a test for Anthony Hudson’s side, who are welcoming an Orlando outfit in good form. They are going to be without their ‘keeper, Tim Howard, who saw red for handling the ball outside of the area.
Make no mistake, the team remains confident ahead of #COLvORL.
— Colorado Rapids (@ColoradoRapids) April 25, 2018
Orlando have won four games on the bounce. That is most certainly playoff form and they are hoping the good run can continue here.
It is not going to straightforward though and they must iron out some defensive frailties. Their 3-2 win over San Jose last weekend should have been far more comfortable. At 3-0 up the game was out of sight but weak defending from crossing made for a cagey ending to that one.
The only previous meeting between the two in Colorado ended 0-0, while the Lions are yet to lose against the Rapids. That by no means implies an away is guaranteed, which Orlando will be all too aware of.
— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 22, 2018
Colorado Rapids vs Orlando City: Team News
❌ Suspensions: Tim Howard.
❓ Doubts: Danny Wilson (undisclosed).
🚑 Out: Kortne Ford (knee) and Marlon Hairston (knee).
❌ Suspensions: None.
❓ Doubts: RJ Allen (hamstring).
🚑 Out: Mason Stajduhar (localized Ewing sarcoma), Scott Sutter (lower body) and Jonathan Spector.
Colorado Rapids vs Orlando City: Key Stats
Colorado Rapids’ MLS form: D/W/D/W/L
Orlando City’s MLS form: L/W/W/W/W
Key stat: Orlando City are one win away from equalling the longest win streak (five) since their inception to MLS.
Colorado Rapids vs Orlando City: Prediction
Colorado Rapids 2-2 Orlando City: Given Rapids recent form it’s difficult to see them losing this one, despite missing Howard and having lost last time out. Orlando’s winning run adds pressure to both sides – it is going to be an interesting tie which has the potential for goals. Score draw.