COL Three Keys 2018

Three Keys to the Match: Colorado Rapids vs. Toronto FC

The Reds head to Colorado for the second time in two months to take on the Rapids. Here are the Benjamin Moore three keys to the match for Saturday’s matchup.

Opportunities Abound

It’s no secret that the Reds have a massive fixture midweek as the Concacaf Champions League final kicks off at BMO Field next Tuesday night. As such, you can expect head coach Greg Vanney to rotate the squad quite a bit for Saturday’s MLS fixture.

The injuries to key pieces like Justin Morrow, Victor Vazquez, Chris Mavinga and Jozy Altidore, coupled with the general fatigue that comes with the travel and match congestion over the past few weeks means that there will be plenty of chances for some fresh faces to make their mark.

Homegrown talent such as Jordan Hamilton, Jay Chapman and Liam Fraser should be chomping at the bit for their opportunity to make an impact in MLS play, and Saturday afternoon’s match looks to be the perfect time to do so.

Altitude Adjustment

It’s becoming old hat for Toronto FC.

Saturday afternoon will present another test at altitude for the Reds, one they’ve already faced before. TFC spent the second half of their preseason camp at attitude in Mexico City, then battled the Rapids a mile high in the Round of 16 in the Concacaf Champions League.

More recently, the Reds are returning from yet another trip to Mexico City, where they bested Club America at the Estadio Azteca, a full 2000 feet higher up than Commerce City.

TFC are more prepared now more than ever to handle the environment in Colorado, an advantage few visiting teams have when taking on the Rapids.

Trust the System

The continuity fostered within TFC has plenty of advantages, and Saturday will be a great chance to showcase the system that has brought about the most successful period in club history.

While the faces in the lineup are sure to change, the style of play will remain the same. Look for TFC to remain compact in the midfield and pick their moments to send their wide players forward with an eye on nicking a result on the road.