Colorado Rapids

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.

Welcome Nana!

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That's Bismark "Nana" Adjei-Boatang getting ready to board the bus to the airport with the team this morning (and Tim Howard, obviously). He got into Denver last night and flew out to Tucson with the rest of the team for the Desert Diamond Cup. I expect him t get a lot of playing time in Arizona.

Front Office Changes

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A couple of leadership rumors out of Commerce City today:

First, confirmation of how the Rapids are filling the void left by Bravo's departure:
With Paul Bravo out, Padraig Smith is now running point for Rapids' tech staff ahead of draft, Mastroeni and club spokesman confirm.

MLS Re-Entry Draft: Union Acquire Rights To Conor Casey

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In an unsurprising move to most, the Philadelphia Union selected Conor Casey with their first round choice in the Second Stage of the 2012 Major League Soccer Re-Entry Draft.

The target striker will fulfill a two year long need for the Union at his preferred role up front. Philadelphia has not had a target striker since allowing Alejandro Moreno to leave during the 2010 Expansion Draft.

3 quick player moves

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Rapids re-sign Marvell Wynne. Yay!

Rapids select Eric Avila in the Re-Entry Draft. Rivero backup?

Rapids trade allocation money and supplemental draft pick to LA for Edson Buddle. Um, interesting.

More later tonight or tomorrow (depending on how I feel after seeing The Hobbit.

Rapids Cut 8, Including Conor Casey

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Regardless of if he's Casey Conor or Conor Casey, he's always Rapids #9!
This afternoon as the team broke for the off-season the Rapids announced the players they would be cutting. 8 players in total have been released, with the big name being hometown hero Conor Casey. With my vacation and the election I never got around to doing my normal breakdown of what I felt the Rapids should do with their lineup, but I'll include my comments on these 8 players and break-down the rest hopefully over the weekend.

Rapids part ways with Casey, seven others

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The Colorado Rapids have parted ways with forward Conor Casey, the team's all-time leading scorer, making him one of eight players the team has decided not to bring back in 2013.

"Conor has been an incredibly important part of the Rapids since he got here in 2007, and has forever left his mark on the club," said Rapids technical director Paul Bravo.

Pickens, Casey, Maybe Others Shut Down For Season

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Today the Rapids announced that along with Pickens, Casey will also be shut down for the last two games due to his nagging knee injury. Mullan may join them, and Larentowicz will be watched closely to see if he needs to be added to the list.

This will also allow Pareja to play some of the younger players like O'Neill, Armstrong, and Cascio in their place.

Young Guns Chop Down Timbers

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My apologies for the delay. Last night was taken up by watch the best action-adventure movie of all time in IMAX, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
A surprisingly young team started against the Timbers on Wednesday night. Casey was given the night off, Cummings was with Jamaica, and Mullan was given a chance to rest for most of the game after his Achilles injury in Portland.

What's Happened To C+C Goal Factory?

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Full game recap coming, but a post-game discussion got me to do some research. Namely people were asking why Pareja seemed to be unwilling to play Casey and Cummings at the same time. I wondered how much of that was by choice and how much was due to injury so I looked it up.

Only 9 times this season have they both been Probable on the injury report or better, and in each of those games at least one of them was listed as Probable, so they've never been completely healthy (Casey has been on the injury report every game this season).

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.

Chivas Essentially Eliminate Rapids From Playoff Race

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Rapids get lead, Rapids lose lead, Rapids actually draw. Yeah, an added twist to the last two months, this time we didn't lose the game, just the lead. Most of the game consisted of the Rapids getting the ball into great situations and then blowing it. Seriously, the Rapids had 19 attempts on goal, 5 shots on target, 1 goal.

Slower, Lower, Weaker

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More of the same. Not really going to review the game because if you saw any league match in July you saw this game.
My key to the game was the Rapids figuring out how to win. Not yet.
Other Observations:
  • The first Sounders goal we just got beat on. It was a corner kick and Johnson did a good job of getting his man (Wynne it looks like) caught in traffic so EJ could have a free header.

Haven't I Seen This Before?

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Did you watch the Dallas game? The San Jose game? The New England game? Then you saw this game. I feel lousy and apparently the team doesn't care about actually making an effort (way to totally give up on the second TFC goal Wynne. That will get you time in the Nats) so why should I make an effort?

THE SOUTH STAND REPORT - Toronto v Colorado... or OMGWTFDannyNoooooo...

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Dude, that was horriffic. Can we blame the turf? Gillette Stadium? Unfair. Poor Danny K out for the season with a torn ACL. Just when it was OK to put away the umbrellas, here we are on the cusp of another sh*tstorm.

Strangely enough, Toronto did hold off New England long enough to take all the points and are in the midst of a 2 game win streak.

Well...That Sucked

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A reverse MLS Cup. In Toronto Dallas scored first and then gave up two goals. Saturday night we scored first and then gave up two goals. Other than that, if you saw the Seattle loss or the Vancouver loss or the San Jose loss then you saw this game. I'm not going to spend any time rehashing what we already know.

Seattle Sounders Outlast Colorado Rapids

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Summer had finally arrived in the Pacific Northwest after a dreary June that only was exceeded in dreariness by the Sounders performance over the same period of time. Seattle Sounders have not won a match in their last ten fixtures, they have managed to gather 5 points, 4 of those on the road, despite their inability to to win all 3 points.

Deja VancoUver

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First of all, read my recap of the last Vancouver game. Now that you've done that I can skip most of my recap of this game. The Rapids dominated this game and lost 1-0. 17 attempts on goal to 3, 6 shots on target to 1. Vancouver's 1 shot went in, none of the Rapids shots came close. That was the difference.

Rapids Sink Timbers

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Sorry for the delay, a 14+ hour work day will do that. On Saturday an almost healthy Rapids team took the field for the first time this season and took the Timbers to the woodshed. The game was well in hand after 22 minutes and really over as soon as the teams came out of the halftime locker room and the Rapids stayed in control.

Midseason Review

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Technically midseason isn't until after the 4th of July game, but this long break seems to be a good time to assess where the team is at this point. First lets start with my predictions from the beginning of the season:
The Rapids struggle to hold on to a playoff place all season and miss out on the playoffs in the last couple of games of the season.

SporKCs Eliminate Colorado, Again

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Not really the result we were hoping for as Sporting KC beat Colorado 2-0 last night. A goal in the latter half of each half did the team in. All credit to the Rapids, they send out a pretty strong lineup:

Cascio - Edu - ThompsonCastrillon - Larentowicz - RiveroFreeman - Marshall - Palguta - KimuraPickens
That's about the best lineup we could play due to our injuries (Moor was a late scratch due to a tight hamstring).

2012 Rapids Salaries

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Player Position Base Guarenteed Ababio Eddie D 44,000.00 44,000.00 Akpan Andre F 57,200.00 57,200.00 Amarikwa Quincy F 44,100.00 44,100.00 Armstrong David M 44,100.00 53,564.29 Cascio Tony M 44,000.00 77,750.00 Casey Conor F 400,000.00 400,000.00 Castrillon Jaime M 50,000.00 68,375.

Newyddion Cyfeillgar

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That's Welsh for Friendly News and we got a big piece of news today. On July 24th Swansea City of the EPL will be facing the Rapids in a friendly at the Dick. Game time is 7pm and tickets go on sale to season ticket holders on Tuesday. The general public will be able to buy tickets starting on Sat.

Rapids Get An Advantage From The Refs In Win

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Colorado played like the better team for 34 minutes when facing Dallas 11 on 11, then suddenly they were 11 on 9 and the game was essentially over. In the 25th minute Daniel "Real Championship" Hernandez was given a yellow card for dissent after complaining to the ref for not calling a foul on the 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.

Red Bulls run rampant on Rapids

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No Larentowicz, no Mastroeni, no hope.

Worse fears became bitter reality for the Colorado Rapids on Sunday as the team tried to play without its midfield stalwarts and fell apart in front of the New York Red Bulls 4-1.

Jeff Larentowicz, the key cog at defensive midfield, had to miss the game after picking up two yellow cards against the Philadelphia Union one week ago.

Caroline Casey

Tribe Goalkeeper Caroline Casey U.S. National Team Camp

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Mon, December 03, 2012 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary freshman goalkeeper Caroline Casey will part take in the first annual U.S. Women's National Team Youth Goalkeeper Identification Camp on Dec.

Tribe Freshman Goalkeeper Named CAA Rookie of the Week

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary freshman goalkeeper Caroline Casey was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week on Monday afternoon.
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Casey earned the distinction after posting consecutive shutouts over Villanova and Seton Hall at the Villanova Invitational this past weekend.

Tribe Freshman Goalkeeper Named CAA Rookie of the Week

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - William and Mary freshman goalkeeper Caroline Casey was honored as the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week on Monday afternoon.
Freshman Caroline Casey | Courtesy of TribeAthletics.

CD Chivas USA

Friday Five: Questions, Thoughts Going Into The Weekend

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This is something I am thinking of either doing from time to time or even on a weekly basis. Just some random thoughts, questions going into the weekend for the state of MLS and US Soccer. With a FIFA date upon us, a lot of MLS players are out with their respective countries, while some MLS teams either have games (one league game and a few friendlies are on the menu this weekend) or others are off completely hoping to get back in the swing of things for the playoff push.

The Midfield General

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Shalrie Joseph helped tilt the midfield battle on Wednesday. (Photo: Kari Heistad/

For 21 minutes, the New England Revolution played and looked like the team  Jay Heaps envisioned. New England pressed. It attacked. The ball moved quickly and players whipped in early crosses.

Joseph scores twice in N.E. return to help Chivas complete 3-goal comeback

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Shalrie Joseph made himself feel quite at home at Gillette Stadium Wednesday night.

In his return to the place he called home since 2003 until a trade sent him across the country to Chivas USA, Joseph scored two goals to spark a three-goal comeback and help the Goats salvage a 3-3 draw against the Revolution to keep their faint playoff hopes alive.

Make it Four

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Tonight wasn't the prettiest game of all time as Sporting KC and Chivas USA played a very unappealing first half in tonight's game. The game was played at a very timid pace to start the game, neither team seemed really interested in having a real go at it early on. Other than Ryan Smith that is, who seemed set to show up his former club.

MLS Western Conference Week 3 Recap: Rookies Reign

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One surprise so far this season has been the degree to which SuperDraft picks have been immediately involved in their teams this year. Few in Portland would have expected Andrew Jean-Baptiste, for example, to play at all in 2012, much less in three out of the first four matches of the season. He isn't just playing, he's playing well.

Upside: Semifinals

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Their Words "That is a really big win for us. We felt we were a little unfortunate not to get a result out of our first two games and we did what we needed to do. To come in here and get three points from a good team at their own stadium is big time for us." Chivas USA forward Casey Townsend, on beating Salt Lake on Saturday.

The List: Rookie of the Year Watch 2012

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Darren Mattocks has shown well already for Vancouver. (Photo via

Each season Major League Soccer has a new crop of rookies that don their respective clubs jerseys for the first time and try to prove that they have what it takes to be something in this league.

In seasons past it has been the top picks in the draft that have shined the most in getting the Rookie of the Year award.

The Rest

Philadelphia Union Season Preview: Predictions, Predictions, Predictions

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Team Leader in Goals:

Jake Pavorsky: Conor Casey. After two injury riddled, Casey is looking to get his career back on track, and I expect him to have a year similar to his 2008 campaign. The 31 year old gives the Union their first true target striker since Alejandro Moreno, and his presence in front of the net will certainly advance the team to new offensive heights.

NCAA: Luce Charlyn Corral

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Otro viernes con intensa actividad en NCAA y actuaciones destacadas de las seleccionadas mexicanas.

Charlyn Corral tuvo una pronta adaptación al futbol colegial estadounidense y ayer se despachó con tres asistencias de gol en la victoria de su equipo Louisville ante Purdue, a quienes vencieron 4-3 en tiempos extras.

New Player Joins the Rapids

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Colorado announced the signing today of Brazilian striker Luis Eduardo Schmidt, commonly known ad Edu. He had trialed with the team last month and rejoined the team this week. Edu is 33 and has previously played in Brazil and Spain's La Liga. He's a big guy that would probably fill in well in Casey's target striker role.

New and old UW keepers connected

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A former University of Wisconsin goalkeeper had a hand in helping the Badgers land their latest keeper.

Casey Beyers, part of the Badgers' five-member 2012 recruiting class announced Tuesday, trained under former UW keeper Alex Horwath over the winter in their native Maryland.