The Rapids have been showing a lot of promise in the new season, and they certainly don't look like the worst team in the Western Conference they were last year. Here's a look at the injuries and suspensions the Rapids are dealing with coming into 2016's first match of the Rocky Mountain Cup.
Central defender Sean St. Ledger has yet to appear in a game this season for Colorado after sustaining a knee injury in the offseason. St. Ledger has been training, but is still limited. Axel Sjoberg and Bobby Burling will continue to start as the center back pairing until St. Ledger is ready to contribute again.
Defenders Jared Watts and Marlon Hairston are both listed as questionable, and did not appear in the 18 in Colorado's home win against Toronto. This leaves the Rapids with only four healthy defenders on the roster they're bringing to Salt Lake.
Sjoberg, Burling, and full backs Marc Burch and Eric Miller will be asked to hold their own against the growing potency of the RSL attack which has scored 8 goals to start the season, second most in MLS this season tied with FC Dallas and Orlando City for second most so far.
The other Irishman, Kevin Doyle, is also sidelined with a shin injury sustained in an international match against Switzerland. Doyle will be out for at least a few more weeks, ruling him out of the game against RSL. Luis Solignac will look to replicate his good performance at striker last week in Doyle's stead.
Colorado has been dealing with injuries well, and has some good momentum coming into this match. RSL has five of their key starters returning from injury, international duty, and suspension. With a thin but stingy Rapids defense, it's shaping up to be an exciting installment in the Rocky Mountain rivalry.