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One Last Time

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One last trip to Commerce City to see the Rapids on Sunday. The end of a very long home season is on us but at least we finish on a high note with a chance to return the favors FSL paid us in years past. Namely all-but eliminating them from the playoff run. That and avoiding our worst season ever is about all we have left to play for.

Still Stunned

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24 hours later and I'm still stunned at what happened in World Cup Qualifying last night. I had no thought that the 4th, 5th, and 6th placed teams would all win. I figured the absolute worst case was that we'd stumble and either Panama or Honduras would pull a major upset and we'd have to beat the Aussies for our trip too Russia.

As Expected, Another Draw

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As I predicted Friday, Colorado and Dallas played to a 1-1 draw. A GK mistake that allowed Aigner his second goal was cancelled out by a solid header for Dallas in the second half. The most interesting thing in the game was Atiba Harris being yellow carded for a tackle on Aigner and then having that yellow card waved off after discussions with the 4th official.

MLS Cup Rematch

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Break out your scudetto jerseys and party like its 2010. Dallas is in town makes their only trip to Commerce City tomorrow night and the Rapids have a chance to Burn their playoff chances to the ground. Their 2-0 win over us last week is their only win in the last twelve games and they've tumbled from the top of the table to holding on to the last playoff spot by .

Two Bits Of News

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Two pieces of news today.

  • The players union's salary guide was updated today. We know that Aigner is making $425K in base salary per year, with guarantees he's at $470 which is just over max salary range, making him a TAM player. I assume he has an escalation clause for next season.

Another Odd Game Featuring Montreal At DSG

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Weird things happen when Montreal comes to town. Four years ago the Rapids won on a wind-blown ball that was whistled out for a corner before it went in the goal but the goal stood. This year it was two VARS, two red cards, the first goal from our new summer signing, and Alan Gordon's 3rd game winning goal of the season.

First Of Three At Home

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The Rapids finish with the next 3 games at homed followed by a final trip to Seattle. Tonight we have Montreal in Commerce City. With Wednesday's result we're officially eliminated from the playoffs and we're now two points behind LA (with a game in hand) in last place. Two years ago when we were eliminated from playoff contention MacMath got the rest of the starts while Irwin backed him up, will we see the same thing tonight with MacMath and Howard?

Doyle Retires

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To quickly dispense with the mess from last night Dallas beat us in the first 10 minutes and then just ran the remaining 80 minutes off the clock with no threat they would ever lose. The Rapids are now officially eliminated from the playoffs.

Moving on to more important news, Kevin Doyle announced his retirement today, effective immediately.

Rapids Start Final Run In Dallas

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5 games in the next 25 days to finish the season. Officially the Rapids haven't been eliminated from playoff contention yet but a loss tomorrow night would do it. Even a draw would do it if San Jose wins tomorrow. San Jose winning either game this week and FSL not losing on Saturday will eliminate us regardless of our result.

Rapids Lose North Of The Border

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My Friday prediction:
2-1 loss, goal by Aigner. Vancouver has a much better offense but a pretty similar defense to us. I think both team can score but Vancouver will control the game and with the home field advantage, get the win.
Ok, Badji had the goal and not Aigner but otherwise this was fairly accurate, for the second straight week.

Wet Night Tomorrow

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Colorado is in Vancouver tomorrow night. Not only is this the wettest fixture in MLS (Rapids and Whitecaps both being water features) but I'll be missing it as I sit int he forecast rain at Folsom Field as I watch my Washington Huskies hopefully repeat their performance against CU in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season.

Coaching Update

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We got our first coaching news today from a variety of sources. I think this article covers it all. 4 people have been talked to about the job but likely they aren't the short list of candidates. This is a good thing because 3 of the 4 names make me sign and think "same old Rapids" and the fourth, while interesting, doesn't seem like a home run hire.

Rapids Continue Non-Losing Ways

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My Friday prediction:
1-1 draw, goal by Badji. The altitude and missing players will weaken NYCFC just enough for us to snag a point but it won't be pretty.
And that's exactly what happened. NYCFC went up early after Watts fell and Ford and Azira didn't close in on McNamara which let him get a long-distance strike off.

Tonight's Rapids Game A New First For Me

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Tonight the Rapids host the second best team in the league, NYCFC. Last time we saw them was in Yankee stadium last year where they put a 5-1 beat down on us. That was almost a sixth of all the goal we allowed last season and by far our worst performance. NYCFC is right where they were last year, 2nd place in the East, while the Rapids are on the other end of the table.

Rapids Snap Winless Streak With Surprise Win

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The Rapids last road win? Houston (last year). The Rapids last home win? Houston (in July). So of course we should have seen this surprise win coming. Colorado seems to have Houston's number but it wasn't exactly exciting soccer. We saw our first real glimpse of what Aigner can bring to this team, his perfect cross to Badji to set up the winning (and only) goal is a pass we haven't seen often as Rapids fans.