Bruce Arena’s Los Angeles Galaxy are intent on closing a decent July with a bang on Saturday against Oscar Pareja’s Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. With a record of 10-8-3 (33 points), the Galaxy are in the race for a spot in the MLS Cup Playoffs and will inch close to keeping up with Real Salt Lake.
Colorado are not too far behind with a record of 8-7-7 (31 points). A win at home will see them leapfrog ahead of the Galaxy. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Here are 10 Bold Predictions for Saturday’s tilt between the Colorado Rapids and Los Angeles Galaxy.
1. Colorado will score first
Deshorn Brown is a young gun with a nose for scoring. He has five goals this season and will be a man to watch for the Rapids. Brown will score in the first 30 minutes of this contest.
2. Here comes Atiba Harris
Another player that has been at the top of his game is Atiba Harris. Like Brown, Harris has five goals to his credit and can deliver with ease. Look for Harris to make it six in the second half.
3. Chris Klute with two assists
Aside from Brown, the season’s biggest revelation for the Rapids has been the play of Chris Klute, who has five assists to his credit. A capable provider, Klute will earn two assists this contest.
4. At least five saves from Clint Irwin
Clint Irwin has been nothing but magic and had a solid performance in Colorado’s last meeting with LA. Irwin currently has 56 saves this season and will look to make at least five on Saturday afternoon in Commerce City.
5. Gyasi Zardes will score for LA
Key to LA’s chances on Saturday is the play of Gyasi Zardes. He has three goals this season and is capable of going on a hotstreak if he can get the mechanics down pat. Zardes will score for the Galaxy in the second half.
6. Look out, it’s Jose Villareal!
Jose Villareal may not be the best forward the Galaxy have, but it’s what they will have to put up with this week, since Landon Donovan might be away this weekend if the USA defeat Honduras. Villareal will knot things up in the first half for the Galaxy.
7. At least four saves for Carlo Cudicini
With the backline potentially losing defender Omar Gonzalez if the USA defeat Honduras on Wednesday, it’s up to goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini to make a statement this weekend. Cudicini will make at least four saves to keep the Galaxy in this one.
8. Marcelo Sarvas with two assists
With Robbie Keane injured and Landon Donovan out to national team duty, Marcelo Sarvas needs to be the provider that gets the ball rolling for LA. Sarvas will earn two assists against the Rapids on Saturday in Colorado.
9. Under 40 fouls, over three yellows
With the level of parity as it is, the Chase for the MLS Cup is intense, and this match will be no exception. Under 40 fouls will be whistles and over three yellow cards will be issued.
10. This match will end in a draw
In the end, despite an intense battle between two evenly-matched teams, the contest between the Galaxy and Rapids will end in a draw, and will be the first and only draw this month for Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Galaxy 2, Colorado Rapids 2