Here are a few notes before the match today.........
The injury list for both teams:
Out: M Ciaran O'Brien, F Ross Schunk
Doubtful: G Ian Joyce
Questionable: M Jamie Smith
Probable: D Julien Baudet, F Conor Casey (foot sprain), F Omar Cummings (knee sprain)
Questionable: M John Thorrington (quad strain), F Calen Carr (quad strain), D Wilman Conde (foot contusion)
Probable: F Patrick Nyarko (ankle contusion)
It will be interesting to see if Casey and Cummings are both 100%. Needless to say, if Conde is not able to go the Fire will have big problems.
The Sun Times Len Ziehm confirms that Krzystof Krol was sick last week with this quote from Carlos De Los Cobos.
"Krzystof was sick last week and practiced maybe only two days."
The article goes on to say that Mike Banner started at left back since he played the position last year. Hopefully that combined with the pace of Dane Richards prompted DLC to start Banner and not because he believes that Krol is too slow or that Mike Banner is better than Krol.
The Rapids signed former Kansas City Wizard designated player Claudio Lopez to a contract. It is highly unlikely that Lopez is available today.
I'm going to give this a shot since I usually do pretty well with MLS picks. Of course, that being said I'll probably go 0-3 with these.
Fire 1 Rapids 1 (Pappa and Casey find the net)
DC 1 NE 0 (both teams are bad but NE is without Shalrie Joseph again this week)
SEA 2 NY 1 (Let's see what NY can do on a faster pitch. Seattle wins although NY is much improved.)