COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 03: Dax McCarty (2R) #10 of D.C. United receives a yellow card from referee Elias Bazakos (R) after a tackle of Pablo Mastroeni #25 of the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 3, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. McCarty received a yellow card for the foul on the play as the Rapids defeated D.C. United 4-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Colorado Rapids will face DC United at RFK Stadium on Wednesday.
DC United have had an injury spat in the past few weeks, which does not bode well for the Black and Red as they face the Colorado Rapids and their multi-tiered offense on Wednesday. Specifically, Conor Casey could be getting his first start for the Rapids since last season, and in his few appearances so far since returning from his Achilles tear he has looked incredibly hungry for a goal.
Ethan White, Dejan Jakovic, Emiliano Dudar and Perry Kitchen among others are injured for DC, though on Tuesday it was confirmed that Kitchen's knee injury wasn't serious and he could get minutes against the Rapids. Either way, the powerful Rapids offense featuring Casey could take advantage of a weakened defense the same way they did last season when the Rapids beat United 4-1 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.
Of course, the Rapids have injuries of their own with their leading scorer Omar Cummings knocked out along with Marvell Wynne, a big cog in the middle of their defense. Casey can take over for Cummings, but with Tyrone Marshall taking over for Wynne that leaves a bit of a hole in the middle there. This one could be a shootout with two big offenses facing off against slightly injured defenses.
The Rapids have momentum as well, with a 10 day rest following a 2-0 win over FC Dallas while DC are coming off a midweek 1-0 loss to the Houston Dynamo.
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