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Rapids Lose Game And Players

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Well, that couldn't have gone much worse. The Rapids were fighting a uphill battle from 5 minutes in and after a disastrous performance from their back line a 3-1 loss was probably fair. On top of that they may have lost Saied to a serious knee injury and Doyle may have broken his hand. Not a good night.

Rapids Host Galaxy On Pride Night

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Its a busy time for the Rapids with their 3rd of 5 games in a two week span tomorrow night. Colorado's long-time rivals (at one point a few years ago this was the most played competitive fixture between MLS teams) LA are in town and both teams will be celebrating Pride Month. LA will be wearing rainbow warm-up jerseys and the Rapids will have the scarf shown above for sale (LA will have a scarf at their next home game).

Rapids Leave It Late In Toppling Timbers

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Well, the Rapids have figured out how to win, just not how to win easily. For the third game in a row Colorado had to come from behind to get the three points. Just like the Columbus game, Gordon scored a late header for a 2-1 win. It may not be the prettiest way but it is exciting and gets us 3 points!

Rapids Look to Break The Timbers

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Back to league action after the break. The Timbers are in town tonight for the 4th straight home game (including the USOC) for the Rapids. Its a 3 game week with LA coming here on Wednesday and a trip to expansion Atlanta next weekend so how Pablo uses his lineup will be interesting to watch. Unusual start time of 7:30pm this one as this game was originally scheduled for national tV on FS1 tomorrow but after it was dropped it was moved to tonight and presumably either Altitude or Root Sports (Portland's affiliate) has something scheduled at the more usual 7pm start time.

Open Cup Draw & Injury News

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The draw for the 16 team bracket that remains in the Open Cup was held today. It didn't do us any favors. Our regional pod was as expected, Houston, Dallas, and KC. Houston was drawn into the #1 spot, which meant home field advantage for both rounds if they survive. Dallas got the #2 spot, which means they host the next round and go on the road for the quarter-final if they win.

Rapids Play For 45 Minutes, Win 3-2

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Colorado started the game apparently thinking this was a scrimmage. Despite the Rapids dominating possession it was Oklahoma City that had the dangerous chances in the first half and the Energy took advantage, going into the locker rooms with a 2-0 lead after shoddy defending.

I'm not sure what Pablo said to the team at half but in the second the Rapids looked like a MLS team playing a USL team.

Rapids Look To Short Out Energy In USOC

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Tomorrow night the Rapids get their start in the U.S. Open Cup and for the first time in 3 year it won't be against the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Instead the Oklahoma City Energy will be in town as the opposition. The most notable name on the Energy roster, for Rapids fans, is Anthony Wallace who was a starter for the MLS Cup winning team.

World cup Qualifying Wrap-Up

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A quick recap on World Cup qualifying before moving back to club action. After a lethargic first half in Commerce City on Thursday the U.S. put together 3 consecutive great halves to claim 4 points and all but assure themselves of a trip to Russia.

It was the Pulisic show in the second half on Thursday as he scored twice in leading the U.

Sun Clasico Tomorrow

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4 years ago we had Costa Rica and the Snow Clasico. Tomorrow night we'll have Trinidad & Tobago and apparently the Sun Clasico with temps in the mid 80s at kickoff.

Kickoff is at 5:50pm on FOX Sports 1, with the pregame being broadcast live from inside the stadium. Both the official U.

Rapids Earn Three Points

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Colorado came from behind for the 2-1 win Saturday night, something we hadn't seen yet this season (and not much last season due to the number of 1-0 wins we had). The team was the better squad on the night both watching them and largely on the stat line as well.

  • 7 shots on goal, which might be a high for this season.

Montes Apparently Off The Table

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Wrap up of yesterday's game coming tomorrow (or Tuesday if I get home late tomorrow) but one bit of news today. This tweet is the second source I've been made aware of that has said that Luis Montes has gotten a new contract from Leon. I think that's its pretty clear he's not coming to Colorado.

We saw the Rapids struggle in the winter transfer window when one of their primary targets (Koomson) ended up not being available and reportedly a second target went to China.

Conor Casey Rapids Number Nine!

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The Crew are in town for tomorrow night's game and normally I'd make a Village People joke here but something more important is going on. In a pre-game ceremony Conor Casey will be inducted into the Rapids Gallery of Honor alongside Marcelo Balboa, Chris Henderson, Paul Bravo, John Spencer, and Pablo Mastroeni.

Hinchey Steps Down

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Before we get to the big news of the day just a scheduling note. The Rapids will play the USL OKC Energy in their first Open Cup game. The game will be at the Dick on June 13th, kickoff at 7pm.

Now for the surprise news. Tim Hinchey is stepping down as Managing Director (aka, club President) to become President &CEO of USA Swimming.

Luis Montes Incoming?

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I had planned to write up something about the experience at DSG this week but actual news takes precedence. Maybe next week during the international window I'll get to it.

Over the last couple of days there's been talk about Mexican international Luis 'Chapo' Montes leaving Liga MX side Leon for MLS.

Rapids Withstand Sporting Siege

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Well I got my prediction from Saturday half right. KC did outplay us, badly, but not in the one thing that counts, the scoreboard. Kortne Ford got his first professional goal early on and then KC laid siege to our goal but the Rapids defense held up for the 1-0 win.
  • Great snap header from Ford for the early goal.