Our prediction for this MLS match:
Q2 Stadium will host Sunday’s MLS game between Austin and Colorado Rapids, the two teams who were beaten by Houston Dynamo and Minnesota United respectively at the weekend. Austin produce much better showings at home than on the travels, and they are surely capable of beating Colorado in front of home fans. Both CJ Fodrey and Julio Cascante are out of contention with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Rapids, meanwhile, aim to make amends for back-to-back losses to San Jose Earthquakes and Minnesota United. Since Colorado made a slow start to the season, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Josh Wolff’s troops. All Jack Price, Moise Bombito, Jackson Travis, Lalas Abubakar, Dantouma Toure, and Aboubacar Keita miss out with injuries, while Diego Rubio is on international duty with Chile, speaking of the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Diego Rubio):
Diego Rubio is a Chilean attacker who signed his first professional deal with Colo-Colo. Rubio, though, made only eight league appearances (scoring three goals) for the Chilean outfit and in 2011 he moved to Europe, signing a deal with Primeira Liga team Sporting Lisbon. After playing only 11 league matches for the Lions, the 179-cm tall striker joined Spanish club Valladolid at the age of 22.
It has to be noted that during his spell with Sporting Lisbon he was loaned to the likes of Pandurii Targu Kiu and Sandnes Ulf. On September 1, 2016 Diego Rubio signed a permanent teal with Sporting Kansas City and he has been playing for the MLS club ever since.
Rubio was born on May 15, 1993 in Santiago, the capital of Chile, and he made his debut for the Chilean national football team in June, 2011 against Paraguay. His contract with Sporting Kansas City expires on June 30, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Colorado Rapids):
Colorado Rapids is a Major League Soccer club and they compete in the USA professional soccer league as a member of the Western Conference. Colorado began their play in MLS back in 1996 and 14 years later they managed to win the MLS Cup trophy. The Rapids recorded a 2-1 win over FC Dallas in the final of the tournament, with George John scoring the winner for Gary Smith’s team in the extra time. Colorado made it to the MLS Cup final in 1997 as well, but D.C. United proved to be a big catch for the club in the title game.
The Rapids play their home games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the venue has been Colorado’s home ground since 2007. It has to be noted that the likes of Tim Howard, Carlos Valderama, Claudio Lopez and Jermaine Jones were all part of the club in the past. Colorado’s colors are red, sky blue and white, but they were yellow shirts and blue shorts when playing on the travels.