The Colorado Rapids expect to get a big boost in the potential return this weekend of striker Conor Casey and defender Marvell Wynne.
Neither man played in the Rapids’ 2-1 loss at the New England Revolution on Wednesday night, and it showed. The club gave up two first-half goals without Wynne in the back and struggled to find the final touch offensively after Jaime Castrillón opened the scoring early in the game.
Casey (above, right) made a brief return during second half injury time of the Rapids’ 4-0 win over Chivas USA on April 28, but was held out midweek with two road games looming. He’s expected to suit up when the Rapids travel to Frisco, Texas, to take on FC Dallas on Sunday (7 pm ET, Galavision).
“Conor will be ready for Sunday,” Rapids head coach Oscar Pareja told MLSsoccer.com on Wednesday night. “He’s working now back in Colorado.”
Casey will likely appear as a second-half substitute once again as he works back towards full fitness.
Meanwhile, defender Scott Palguta is expected to travel with the Rapids to Dallas as insurance in case Wynne can’t go for the second straight game. The speedy center back Wynne strained his right hamstring during practice Tuesday morning and wasn’t available for Wednesday’s loss.
“Marvell is questionable,” Pareja said. “He wanted to play [Wednesday night], but we have to be careful with him.”
If Wynne can’t play, veteran Tyrone Marshall would likely pair with Drew Moor at center back once again. The Rapids are winless in their last four road games this season.
Chris Bianchi covers the Colorado Rapids for MLSsoccer.com.