As kickoff quickly approaches, today’s starting lineups have been announced.

The Colorado Rapids are starting nine of our projected eleven. Micheal Azira is going to be replaced by Dominique Badji in a round about way. Coach Pablo Mastroeni is opting for a Dillon Powers and Sam Cronin pairing in central midfield. While Badji will join Shkelzen Gashi, Marlon Hairston and Kevin Doyle in attack.

Pablo Mastroeni has opted to bench Mekeil Williams, preferring Marc Burch and Eric Miller as the starting full-back pair.

The Vancouver Whitecaps will play with Giles Barnes in central forward and the dangerous Cristian Techera in the number ten role. David Edgar and Marcel De Jong will be Vancouver’s starting full-backs.

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