Both of these sides would have expected so much more from the league season, with both LA and Colorado’s achievements coming nowhere close to their ambition. We are entering week 26 of the league season and is safe to say that both of these teams are nowhere near the playoffs.
Steve Cooke and Sigi Schmid have taken over both clubs, but their form since these takeovers has been anything but promising. It may be a bit ‘too little, too late’, but these teams really will be looking to inject some goodwill to their seasons with a postive result and a win.
LA Galaxy’s form
The West Coast side is having the worst season in their history, despite early season optimism and ambition. They even tried to change their manager midway through it all, but to no avail. Sigi Schmid took the reins of the LA side on July 27th and their form has not really got much better since then.
They lost many of their top players last season and they haven’t really been the same club since Robbie Keane left. They have struggled to replace the Irish striker and that lack of potency in the final third has led to LA being somewhat impotent in attack.
Colorado Rapids form
Colorado also changed their coach during the season, but they didn’t get the necessary upturn to ensure they got into the playoffs. Steve Cooke hasn’t been the inspiration that Rapids’ fans will have been hoping for. To be fair to Cooke, there is little doubt that he has been working with a broken squad.
Still, those who follow the club will have expected much better. They have played three games since Cooke took the reins and lost all three. They have also struggled to be competitive in each one, losing all of them by a combined score line of 7-2.
Both of the Dos Santos brothers are on international duty with Mexico, so LA Galaxy will be without two of their prized assets. Nathan Smith is suspended for the match after his recent red card, while Robbie Rogers is among their injured players.
Alan Gordon is out for Colorado with a suspension, while Tim Howard is away for international duty with the United States National Team. However, the fact that striker Kevin Doyle wasn’t selected for international duty will give Colorado a boost; although it’s probably not a plus for him personally.
This is a tough call – not because both sides are so full of skill and passion that neither will deserve to lose, but because both sides have been so brutal all season that it’s hard to make a case for either winning all three points.
However, we are going to have to go with LA. They have more quality in their side and their downfall feels a lot more temporary than Colorado. They are 4/5 with Ladbrokes to win and we definitely think that this is worth a few quid! Give it a go!