2017.04.15 Tale of the Tape

Two people who featured in the first-ever game at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, in the colors of the Colorado Rapids, will stride back into the stadium this Saturday seeking to shatter the 19-game unbeaten home run currently enjoyed by the burgundy boys.


Mike Petke is the recently-installed head coach of Real Salt Lake, and helped them to their first win of the season last weekend, over Vancouver Whitecaps FC. But it is his midfield general, and former teammate, Kyle Beckerman who will hoping to pull the Salt Lake strings on the field. 


For the Rapids, they will be looking to Uganda international Micheal Azira to make it an uncomfortable return for Beckerman.


In Azira and Beckerman we have two combative players, looking to boss the middle of the park, thereby allowing the play-makers to produce the difference.


Click HERE for tickets to this Saturday's encounter, against Rocky Mountain Cup rivals, Real Salt Lake.

<img alt="" src="https://colorado-mp7static.mlsdigital.net/elfinderimages/Azira.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 201px;">
<p align="center"><br><br><br><br><br><strong>v.</strong></p>
<img alt="" src="https://colorado-mp7static.mlsdigital.net/elfinderimages/Beckerman.jpg" style="width: 200px; height: 201px;">
<p align="center">Micheal Azira</p>
<strong>Name</strong>
<p align="center">Kyle Beckerman</p>
<p align="center">22</p>
<strong>No.</strong>
<p align="center">5</p>
<p align="center">Midfield</p>
<strong>Position</strong>
<p align="center">Midfield</p>
<p align="center">29</p>
<strong>Age</strong>
<p align="center">34</p>
<p align="center">5’10”</p>
<strong>Height</strong>
<p align="center">5’11”</p>
<p align="center">160lbs</p>
<strong>Weight</strong>
<p align="center">170lbs</p>
<img alt="" src="https://colorado-mp7static.mlsdigital.net/elfinderimages/Ugandaflag.png" style="width: 75px; height: 50px;">
<strong>Nationality</strong>
<img alt="" src="https://colorado-mp7static.mlsdigital.net/elfinderimages/USA flag.jpg" style="width: 75px; height: 50px;">
<p align="center">2014</p>
<strong>Joined MLS</strong>
<p align="center">2000</p>
<p align="center">4th season</p>
<strong>MLS Experience</strong>
<p align="center">18th season</p>
<p align="center">60</p>
<strong>Appearances</strong>
<p align="center">411</p>
<p align="center">Seattle Sounders FC</p>
<strong>Previous clubs</strong>
<p align="center">Miami Fusion, Colorado Rapids</p>
<p align="center">Tasked with shielding the defense, the midfielder's work is often overlooked but important in freeing up teammates on the attack.</p>
<strong>What they say …</strong>
<p align="center">A hardnosed tackler with excellent positional sense, he sets setting the tempo and starting many attacks by with his smart, accurate passing.</p>