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March 11, 2014 08:02 UTC
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Farewell, Pablo

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It was painful to suggest to Pablo Mastroeni that he should have hung up his boots last year after missing most of the season with concussion symptoms.

The cup shines like the sun on a cold Toronto night as team captain Pablo Mastroeni celebrates the team's MLS Cup victory in 2010. (Photograph by Jessica Taves/ColoradoSoccerNow.

More of the same

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Colorado Rapids continued their losing ways on Wednesday night, this time traveling to Chicago to lose to the host Fire 2-1.

It was, in a nutshell, part of the litany of coming up short that has grown to characterize this team. This is not a squad that surprises you with a convincing performance.

Bad habit

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Humans are creatures of habit. Some habits are better than others. When they are of the bad sort, we attempt to break them, but bad habits die hard.

Coming off a two-win streak this loss to the Seattle Sounders was a hard pill to swallow for the Rapids.

Although the Sounders had not won one game this season their first win, April 20, marked their seventh straight win against the Rapids.

Heroes rise for an unlikely win

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Heroes. They come in every shape and size. Heroes don't always wear capes, sometimes they wear jerseys.

Watching the team take the field at Dick's Sporting Goods Field is inspirational. As each young soccer player looks up at the pro, you can see the look of admiration in their faces. Getting to walk onto the field with them is close to magical.

U.S. earns a point in Azteca

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Perhaps this was the reason for hiring Jurgen Klinsmann: The man is undefeated in leading the United States against Mexico.

Admittedly, it's only two games, but Klinsmann's 1-0-1 record now includes a critical point on the road to Brazil 2014 earned in Azteca Stadium on Tuesday night. By holding Mexico 0-0, the United States moved to 1-1-1 in World Cup qualifying and improved to 0-13-2 all time in qualifiers played in the Mexican capital.

FIFA rejects Costa Rican protest

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FIFA heard Costa Rica's protest over the conditions at Dick's Sporting Goods Park during Friday's World Cup qualifier and rejected the Ticos request.

Soccer's international governing body dismissed the Ticos complaints over losing 1-0 to the U.S. in a spring blizzard.

In the end, FIFA made the right call.

FIFA weighing Ticos protest

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Unhappy over a 1-0 loss in a blizzard at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, the Costa Rican federation has filed a formal protest over the March 22 game.

While FIFA, world soccer's governing body, has promised to look into the matter, soccer's overseers would do well to disregard this after-the-fact protest.

Cold Start to the Season

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The energy was booming in Dicks Sporting Goods Field in anticipation of the home opener for the Colorado Rapids, Sunday. Fans were beating drums, singing and cheering.

Though the energy level was invigorating; the game was somewhat of a disappointment. The expected "W" for the Rapids became their second loss of the season.

Is this really the direction to take?

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Here's a side-by-side of the 2013 Rapids alternate jersey and the 2012 Real Salt Lake training jersey from the Twitterverse.

The Colorado Rapids are so happy about the new alternate jerseys that they draped one over the governor and rolled them out for the 4 o'clock news today.

While I like the color blue, but immediate reaction was: Why did we go with a Real Salt Lake look?

Two with state ties get call

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Two players with Colorado connections were among those selected in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

Drew Beckie, a defender at the University of Denver, and Taylor Kemp, a defender at the University of Maryland, each were picked. Beckie, a right back/center back for the Pioneers, went to a Columbus Crew side looking for depth on defense.

Draft decisions fill a few needs

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Colorado picked up an insurance policy at left back, some more depth at forward and a tantalizing addition in midfield with three picks in Thursday's MLS SuperDraft.

The Rapids selected a forward with the sixth pick, a midfielder with the 11th and a defender with the 25th selection.

Lacking in striking success in 2012 and strikers to start the 2013 season, the Rapids picked forward Deshorn Brown first.

Rapids add to midfield

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A day after getting rid of the team's defensive midfield bedrock, the Colorado Rapids added a possible replacement in Thursday's SuperDraft.

Using the 11th pick in the draft, the Rapids picked up Dillon Powers, a 21-year-old midfielder from Notre Dame. The Rapids received the draft pick for the 5-11, 172 pound player as part of the compensation for trading Jeff Larentowicz to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday.

Rapids add a forward

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Deshorn Brown, a speedy college forward prone to winding up offsides, joined the Colorado Rapids roster on Thursday with the team's first pick in the 2013 SuperDraft.

Brown, a University of Central Florida, joins a forward line in search of an identity. The team's top two scorers for the past three years have been shipped out, and the fortunes are resting on 31-year-old Edson Buddle and a list of possibilities.

Larentowicz shipped to Fire

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The Colorado Rapids continued to dismantle any of the remaining value of the MLS Cup-winning side of 2010, shipping Jeff Larentowicz to the Chicago Fire for cash, a draft choice and an international roster spot.

Larentowicz, the consummate professional during his three years in Colorado, thanked the team for the opportunity as he departed for the Windy City.

Commerce City gets a qualifier

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Colorado finally registered as more than a blip on the global soccer radar with the announcement that Dick's Sporting Goods Park would host a final round qualifying game for the 2014 World Cup.

The U.S. Men's National Team will host Costa Rica in the hexagonal round of World Cup qualifying on March 22.