U.S. Open Cup Preview: Wizards and Rapids ready to battle again
Updates: Colorado Rapids' live look-in
Updates: Kansas City Wizards' live look-in
Colorado is 2-1-0 against Kansas City in the U.S. Open Cup
When: 8:30 p.m. ET, Tues., April 13
Where: Stanley H. Durwood Stadium on the campus of the University of
What's at stake?
Survival. Lose here and all that’s left in the MLS regular
season for both these teams. Kansas City would love to bring home some
silverware on the eve of its new stadium’s completion, and Colorado wouldn’t
say no to a shot at hardware either. The winner will move onto the final phase of the MLS play-in bracket for the tournament
proper; the loser will watch the rest of the competition from home.
Three days ago at CommunityAmerica Ballpark the Wizards came
out on the right end of a 1-0 battle against the Rapids. It was a rough-and-tumble game with four yellow cards, one ejections, and a great deal of trash talk. There is no reason not to expect something similar today with each side’s Cup lives on
Kei Kamara scored the match-winning goal on Saturday night.
Heroes & Villains
Wizards bench vs. Rapids bench: Colorado already sent Pablo Mastroeni, Colin Clark, Julien
Baudet and Conor Casey back to Denver. Kansas City plays in Seattle four days
after facing the Rapids tonight. Suffice to say, whichever side’s reserve players
perform the best will likely walk away victorious. This should provide a good opportunity for Wizards fans to get long looks at young KC's Teal
Bunbury and Sunil Chhetri. Rapids fans will be curious to see how newcomer Quincy Amarikwa does over 90 minutes and how rookie Andre Akpan performs filling Casey’s role as target man.
Claudio Lopez vs. Sunil Chhetri: No, these two won’t be matching up directly, but it should
be the first time each sees action in a competitive match for his new club.
Kansas City is plenty familiar with Clauio López—the former Wizard—although the sheer number of
new additions means not everyone on the roster will know what to expect. As far
as Chhetri goes, the Rapids can have no idea what really to expect. He’s consistently found
the net against lower competition in scattered exhibition games, but those
matches won’t match the intensity or urgency expected tonight, when he will have to contend with top-tier defenders like Óscar Murillo and Drew Moor.
Stat that makes you go “Hmm...”: Saturday's match included 33 fouls between the two sides. He said it: “Whatever emotion was in this [Saturday’s 1-0 Wizards
victory] is just going to carry over. Whoever is reffing that game is going to
probably have to call it pretty close at first to make sure it doesn’t get out
of control.” — Kansas City defender Jimmy Conrad
Stat that makes you go “Hmm...”:
Saturday's match included 33 fouls between the two sides.
He said it:
“Whatever emotion was in this [Saturday’s 1-0 Wizards