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TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20:  Omar Cummings #14 of the Colorado Rapids dribbles the ball during practice in preparation for the MLS Cup against FC Dallas at BMO Field on November 20 2010 in Toronto Canada.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
TORONTO - NOVEMBER 20: Omar Cummings #14 of the Colorado Rapids dribbles the ball during practice in preparation for the MLS Cup against FC Dallas at BMO Field on November 20 2010 in Toronto Canada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Thanks to Burgundy Wave for trading 3 questions with me.

 

What player on Colorado that most FCD fans might not be too familiar with could make a big impact on Sunday night?

1. Most people can't name a Colorado player past Casey and Cummings, so there's a few ways I could go with this. You might want to keep an eye on Brian Mullan. He's got more MLS Cup experience than anyone else on either team with four MLS Cups under his belt, all of them wins. He can play brilliant offense and defense on the wing and hasn't lost any of his speed in his 30's. He might be the single-most reason for the Rapids' sudden ascent to the top tiers of the league in the final third of the season.

 

How has Matt Pickens been in goal this season? What are some parts of his game that could be exploited by Dallas?

2. He's had a career year, he's quietly been one of the better goalkeepers in the league. If you're looking to exploit something, he rarely catches balls, preferring to punch them out of the box if the option is available. That can leave some fairly juicy rebounds, the Rapids have been scored upon that way a couple of times - although the back four has been able to bail him out most of the time he does that.

 

 

Tell us a little more about the formation that Colorado plays and where they’re going to look to get the ball going forward.

 

3. The Rapids use a pretty vanilla 4-4-2 formation with two holding mids and both of the outside midfielders usually used to support the striker duo up top. Attacks usually go through Pablo Mastroeni and Jeff Larentowicz, either giving the ball to Thomson/Smith or Mullan on the outside or a quick slanting ball up to Omar Cummings speeding up the wing. Not all that complicated but the method has worked fantastically.  

 

Head over to Burgundy Wave on SBN to see my 3 answers for his questions.