In two short weeks, the Revolution and Rapids will kick off the 2017 MLS season in Commerce City, Colo. This afternoon, the two clubs will square off in a tune-up match during the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup.
Throughout the Revolution’s midweek match, the club struggled to contain the Dynamo attack while fielding a trialist-heavy lineup. This time around, Jay Heaps’ roster should more closely resemble a gameday lineup, with defenders Antonio Mlinar Delamea and Benjamin Angoua set to make their Diamond Cup debuts. Midfielder Xavier Kouassi, who played just 17 minutes last week while recovering from an ACL tear, should player deeper into the first half.
Newly re-acquired forward Femi Hollinger-Janzen will not feature in the match while nursing a minor injury.
Much like the Revolution, the Rapids fielded a lineup of several unproven players during its opening match draw vs. Kansas City. The club saw the debut of homegrown talent Kortne Ford and SuperDraft picks Sam Hamilton and Liam Callahan, as well as offseason signee Bismark Adjei-Boateng, a Ghanian midfielder.
A win this afternoon will put the Rapids near the top of the Desert Diamond Cup table, while a loss will stifle the Revs’ bid to repeat as Cup champions.