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Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Links and Match Thread [6:00 pm]

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Round two of the Portland Timbers home and away saga against the Colorado Rapids kicks off tonight at 6:00 pm as the Timbers desperately look for both their first road win (much needed for morale) and three more points. If they do indeed win tonight it would see the Timbers leapfrog Chivas USA to become the 7th place team in the Western Conference and come within only three points of over taking FC Dallas with 2 games in hand.

Frustrated Colorado Rapids Will Look to Avoid Falling Further

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Wow, what a busy week! The FO have announced season tickets would remain flat, the field would be widened, TicketMaster would be fired and Caleb Porter would be hired.

What's that? We have two games in six days against the Colorado Rapids? Oh ... right.

When Stumptown Footy previewed the Colorado Rapids ahead of their first match this year against the Portland Timbers, the Rapids weren't in great shape.

Fascinating Happy Hour With Rapids Executives

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Tonight I was invited along with other bloggers and press to a happy hour with Rapids President Tim Hinchey, Rapids General Manager Paul Bravo, Rapids Head Coach Oscar Pareja. Rapids Director of Media Relations David Lindholm organized the event and was also present. There were 8-10 of us talking with the Rapids leadership trio.

Another 2-1 loss

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Stop me if this sounds familiar.

The Rapids lost 2-1.

This time Colorado fell behind in the opening moments, immediately tied the match, and then faded out on Saturday night at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.

This time the Seattle Sounders were the beneficiaries of this latest loss, but the victors hardly mattered as the Rapids completed an 0-for-July streak that leaves the team questioning its ability.

Sounders at Colorado Rapids - Three Questions

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Saturday's match at Colorado will be the final meeting between the Sounders and the Rapids. KONG 6/16 will broadcast the match with typical Spanish language and radio coverage as well. The two sides are nearly completely opposite in form. Where the Colorado Rapids have lost five straight (OK, they beat Swansea), the Seattle Sounders are in a stretch of four unbeaten, though with only one win.

Sounders v Colorado Rapids - Three Questions

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When the Colorado Rapids come to CenturyLink Field for Saturday night's NBC SportsNet match they will be trying to break their own funk. They have two wins and six losses on the road. Their big home/away split is fairly typical for a Denver based sports team, and the Seattle Sounders will get to take advantage of that.

Getting to Know You: Kosuke Kimura

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The one and only UZ of SB Nation's Rapids blog Burgundy Wave was kind enough to give us an introduction to the Timbers' newest addition, Kosuke Kimura.

Kosuke was a huge fan favorite among Colorado Rapids circles not necessarily because of his brilliant play on the field but because he's just such a fantastic guy.

Portland Timbers @ Colorado Rapids Preview Interview and Pre-Game Chat

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While the Portland Timbers faced off against a tough opponent and came out the better side last Sunday, their true test will be tomorrow night when they go on the road, once again, to take on Western Conference rival the Colorado Rapids. As we all know, the Timbers don't have the bets record against Colorado so far since joining MLS and, with the Rapids now returning to full strength after a series of injuries, Spencer's side will truly be tested.

Burgundy Wave: Rapids Ban Fan For Life, Bad Press Follows

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Burgundy Wave: Rapids Ban Fan For Life, Bad Press Follows

"Alleged Verbal Assault" is the reason, but nothing more in the case of a superfan's lifetime ban from Colorado Rapids home games.

Pareja versus Smith

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Not surprisingly its been popular with our inconsistent start of the season to question if the coaching change was the right move. I supported the move at the time and I continue to support it now. Apparently I'm not alone as the Burgundy Wave blog has a great Hero Worship article about the flawed comparisons between Gary Smith and Oscar Pareja.

Sounders Women vs Colorado Rapids Game Thread

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The second home match of the season is the fourth in 8 days for the Sounders Women and the last in a while for the contingent of national team players, who will be traveling to Sweden for a two-week camp involving matches against Sweden and Japan as they warm up for the Olympics this summer.

Facing them will be the onetime Colorado Force, who changed their name this season as they partnered with the Colorado Rapids.

Colorado Leaves The Goats Bleating

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After a forgettable first half the Rapids got a lead and then blasted Chivas in the last 10 minutes of the game. The first 45 was a bunch of wasted chances and uninspiring soccer that the Rapids were slightly better at. After the break Colorado didn't wait long to strike. Off a corner in the 50th minute Cascio chested the ball down around the 6 on the far post.

Rapids Offense Quiet Against Sounders

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For the second straight game Colorado was shutout in a loss. This time it was only a 1-0 loss, actually one of our better games in Seattle as you'll see below, but you only need to give up 1 goal if you can't score.

Honestly Seattle should have been up at least 1 within the first 15-20 minutes.

Seattle Sounders v Colorado Rapids - Three Questions

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When the Colorado Rapids comes to Seattle for their 1PM Saturday match most of the national attention will be on Brian Mullan and how the fans react to his presence. Some significant soccer storylines are missed if you focus on that; things that are more likely to effect the result. New Coach Oscar Pareja is shifting the team to a more dynamic 4-3-3.

Nos Audietis, Episode 47: Now For Something A Little Different

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This week's show is a little different than any of our past shows (well, they are all little unique snowflakes, but you get our larger point hopefully). Instead of a soccer-centric guest, we invited Warren Etheredge (@thewarrenreport) onto the show. You may remember Warren as the "annoying" guy who interviewed Seattle Sounders GM Adrian Hanauer on his show "The High Bar.

Colorado Leaves Slim Pickens For Chicago

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Getting back home is apparently just what the Rapids needed. In the best example yet of what the new 4-3-3 can be Colorado controlled the game and had a somewhat easy 2-0 victory. As expected Martin Rivero got his first opportunity as a Rapid, taking Pablo's spot in midfield. Otherwise it was the same starting group we've seen when every one's available.

Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids - MLS #3 - 6:00 PM CST - Galavision - Gamethread

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Look at this game as a weather gauge. On the one hand, the Colorado Rapids are a squad that are historically tough to beat at home. Going back to 2008, their record is 30-11-22 at Dick's Sporting Good Park but 17-31-16 on the road. On the other hand, this is a team that is in some flux with a new head coach, new defensive winger, new midfielder, and a new forward.

Colorado Steals 3 Points In Philly

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Somehow the Rapids won a game they should have lost, easily. Outplayed most of the match and down to 10 men for the last third of the game Colorado managed to hang on for a 2-1 win. The first half was ugly soccer from the first whistle. Literally. Within the first minute Drew Moor tripped an onrushing Mwanga at the top of the box and should have had a foul called and a card issued.

Moor Of That Please!

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That is how you start a season! The boys in burgundy controlled the game and kept attacking and were rewarded with a 2-0 win. A stat indicative of the Rapids dominance is attempts on goal, with Colorado having 17 to Columbus' 5. The biggest negative to the match was the home side's inability to convert those attempts to shots on target, only getting 5 accurate strikes off (compared to Columbus' 3).

One Last Friendly To End the Preseason

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The Colorado Rapids faced the Colorado School Of Mines yesterday at the Dick in one last preseason friendly before Saturday's season opener. Not surprisingly the side in burgundy didn't find much of a challenge against a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference school, winning 4-0. Here's the starting XI:

Cascio - Cummings - RiveroLarentowicz - Castrillon - MastroeniZapata - Marshall - Wynne - KimuraPickens
Amarikwa for Cummings at half
Mullan for Rivero at 58
Thompson for Cascio at 63
Akpan for Castrillon at 68
Palguta for Wynne at 70
Yamada for Larentowicz at 75

The only regular not to play was Moor, who I'm guessing got the day off to rest his tweaked hamstring.

Colorado Loses To Yokohama

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Last night (well technically early this morning) the Rapids lost 2-1 to Yokohama FC of the Japanese 2nd division. A 10 minute spell in the second half saw Colorado give up two goals and they couldn't climb back out of the hole. The starting XI for the burgundy boys (seen above):

Cascio - Cummings - MullanLarentowicz - Castrillon - MastroeniZapata - Moor - Wynne - KimuraPickens
With the exception of the injured Casey I think that's pretty close to our starting XI right now.

Rapids Get First Preseason Win

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Colorado faced Chivas USA in a scrimmage at the HDC today. A late Qunicy Amarikwa goal from a Steven Emory assist gave the burgundy boys a 1-0 win. Of course its preseason so its meaningless but wins are always better than losses. The starting XI (trialists makred with a *):

Angulo* - Cummings - MullanLarentowicz - Castrillon - MastroeniZapata* - Marshall - Wynne - KimuraPickens
After subs the team finished with the the following lineup:

Cascio - Amarikwa - AkpanThompson - LaBauex - EmoryFreeman - Palguta - Guido* - AbabioJoyce
Guido is a local player playing with the team while they're in California.

Gary Smith: the view from Colorado

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If you had asked any Stevenage supporter a couple of weeks ago who Gary Smith is, the majority would have replied 'Who?' It would have been a justified reaction because until his name began to be linked with the vacant managerial position, Gary Smith's reputation within this country was, well, non-existent.

THE MATCHUP: "60% of the time, we win half of the time"

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Burgundy's in town
Good day TFC supporters, we're The Yorkies. Tits McGee is on vacation.

Colorado Rapids fans and the front office at odds... again - Burgundy Wave

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Colorado Rapids fans and the front office at odds... again - Burgundy Wave

Looks like Colorado is having some trouble with which we Revolution fans are all too familiar. UZ White has unleashed a tame-by-my-standards, scathing-by-his-much-higher-standards reprimand of the Rapids FO and the conduct of security at last night's CCL match.


Victoria Beckham: Posh Dresses Go Sporty

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We did something pretty amaze yesterday, Kickettes. We were backstage for Victoria's Fall 2012 show and we lived to tell about it. Nor are we currently coming to you from the comfort of a jail cell. So that's something.

It should come as no surprise that Victoria Beckham put out another fabulous, evolved collection this morning.

Sylvie van der Vaart Blue Dress (& Legs) at the Bambi Awards

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Over a week ago now, but I've just stumbled across the Bambi Awards now. Whats a Bambi award you say? It's essentially the German BAFTAs. They recognize excellence in international media and television "with vision and creativity who affected and inspired the German public that year", both domestic and foreign.

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New Man City 2012/13 Home & Away Kits Leaked – No Alarms, No Surprises (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

We have it on fairly good authority that these are the shirts that Manchester City are going to set about defending their Premier League title in next season the home strip being predominantly two-tone, in sky blue (though a duller shade than previous) and black while the vintage-style away strip is burgundy in a nod to the shirt worn by City in the 1956 FA Cup Final and sadly not the classy maroon affair from 1989/90.

Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids - MLS #3 - Three Questions

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The Fire head into Colorado off the heels of a win in our home opener, carrying some momentum into Dick's Sporting Goods Park. The Rapids, meanwhile, started MLS 2012 play with 2 wins, but got handed a 4-1 drubbing by New York last week. The Rapids midfield tandem of Jeff Larentowicz and Pablo Mastroeni were missing, and the Rapids paid for it.

Pitch Invasion Podcast Extra – Interview With Sean Mann of Detroit City FC

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The logo of Detroit City FC does not feature a cartoon soccer ball. In fact, it doesn't say or show soccer anywhere on it: instead, in grand but subdued tones of burgundy and gold, the badge is dominated by a classy representation of the statue below, the Spirit of Detroit in the city's downtown:

This is the identity that Detroit City FC have pinned themselves to.