The big question facing the Rapids heading into this game was whether Jamie Smith would be healthy enough to start. It looks like he is.
For Dallas, the big questions was whether they’d go with Atiba Harris up top or give Jeff Cunningham a start. Harris will start.
Colorado Rapids starting lineup: GK: Matt Pickens; DF: Kosuke Kimura, Marvell Wynne, Drew Moor, Anthony Wallace; MF: Brian Mullan, Jeff Larentowicz, Pablo Mastroeni, Jamie Smith; FW: Omar Cummings, Conor Casey
FC Dallas starting lineup: GK: Kevin Hartman; DF: Jackson, Georg John, Ugo Ihemelu, Jair Benitez; MF: Marvin Chavez, Dax McCarty, David Hernandez, Brek Shea, David Ferreira; FW: Atiba Harris.
It looks like the weather is going to be dry, but cold, which probably diminishes any “home-field advantage” Colorado may have been hoping for. The temperature is about 45 degrees right now in Toronto.
The match is expected to be reasonably wide open as both teams have capable scorers. The key will likely be how well Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni can handle being outnumbered in the central midfield.