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10-man Minnesota United hangs on for draw in Colorado

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Following back-to-back humiliating defeats to start their season, Minnesota United held onfor a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapidson Saturday.

The Loons were relegated to 10 men in the 70th minute, when Justin Davis stuck a high boot into the leg of Marlon Hairston. Despite facing a disadvantage for 20 minutes, the much-maligned Minnesota defense held firm to earn the first point in club history.

MLS Ticker: Giovinco set to miss match, Sjoberg undegoes surgery, and more

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Toronto FC has yet to win a match in 2017, and finding that first win just became significantly more difficult.

According to the Toronto Sun, Sebastian Giovinco has been ruled out of Toronto FC's clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps due to a leg injury, specifically a contusion to his illiotibial band.

MLS Ticker: Trapp inks new deal with Crew, Rapids sign defender and more

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Since signing with the club as a homegrown player, Wil Trapp has been one of the faces of the Columbus Crew, and the midfielder is set to remain one for at least the next several seasons.

The Crew announced Tuesday that Trapp has signed a new multi-year contract with the club. Targeted Allocation Money was used to sign the midfielder, who was named the team's captain prior to the start of the season.

MLS Weekend Rewind: Week 2

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Week two of the 2017 MLS season is now in the books, as one expansion team clearly established their superiority over their cross-conference counterpart with a serious beat-down.

The Chicago Fire scored two quick strikes, courtesy of Nemanja Nikolic and Arturo Alvarez and never looked back en route to a 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake.

The Warm Up: #COLvNE

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Who: Revolution (0-0-0, 0 points) vs. Colorado Rapids (0-0-0, 0 points)
What: Week 1 of the MLS regular season
Where: Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
When: Saturday, Mar.

SBI MLS Season Preview: Colorado Rapids

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The 2016 campaign may have ended in playoff disappointment for the Colorado Rapids, but the season as a whole couldn't be considered anything less than a rousing success.

After head coach Pablo Mastroeni's first two seasons in charge ended in Western Conference basement territory, the Rapids rapid ascension to the top of the league was shocking to most.

Can anybody pull a Colorado in 2017?

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Can any MLS team follow Colorado's example from last season and turnaround a struggling franchise? We name three candidates for a strong 2017.

VAR decision changes result of MLS preseason match

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While full Video Assistant Referee implementation remains a few months away, its preseason trial run has made its first major impact on the result of a match, perhaps providing a glimpse at the future to come.

In the 87th minute of a preseason clash between the Colorado Rapids and Sporting Kansas City, a free kick from the right side of the field was swung into the box by the Rapids where it was questionablyhandled before being cleared.

Colorado Rapids 2017 adidas Away Jersey

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The Colorado Rapids will wear an away jersey in the colors of their state flag for the second time during their 2017 and 2018 Major League Soccer and US Open Cup seasons. The former MLS champions will once again use what has proven to be a popular colorway for their 2017/18 adidas away jersey. The [.

MLS Ticker: Orlando acquires Saunders, Quakes add Urena, and more

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It didn't take long for Josh Saunders to find a new team after being left off the NYCFC preseason roster earlier this week. The much-maligned goalkeeper was shipped off to Orlando City on Friday in exchange for a fourth-round pick in the 2019 MLS Draft.

"Josh is a veteran MLS goalkeeper that will add championship experience, leadership and depth to our side with 125 appearances in 11 years in the league," Lions general manager Niki Budalic said.

Real Salt Lake

USMNT roster for March World Cup qualifiers

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USMNT coach Bruce Arena named 24 players to his squad in advance of the March 24 World Cup qualifiers against Honduras (10:30pm ET - Fox Sports 1) and Panama (10pm ET-beIN Sport). The USMNT players start camp on March 19 in San Jose.

"We put together a roster that we think has balance and one that gives us an option in playing a number of different ways," Arena said.

Open International Slots could benefit the Union

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By the time it's all said and done, the Philadelphia Union could have three or four open international slots.

One of the obstacles any MLS club faces is the international player limitations. Every club has eight slots when they start out. Some use them wisely, and in the case of Real Salt Lake trading a slot permanently to the Colorado Rapids for Adolfo Gregario (a player so utterly unremarkable that you probably didn't realize his name was actually Adolfo Gregorio), they use them unwisely.

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Lee Nguyen returns to practice for the Revolution

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Lee Nguyen is on the mend.

The unexpected bye week was good for Lee Nguyen, who was a full participant in Monday's practice.

Unexpected off weekend definitely a boon for #NERevs injured players. Nguyen back in full training today, Herivaux working off to the side.

Lee Nguyen Deemed “Day-to-Day” Ahead of Revolution Home Opener

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Jay Heaps taking a wait-and-see approach with his injured forward.

On Saturday, the Revolution will return to Gillette Stadium for the first time in five months. And Lee Nguyen may miss the party.

The newly-minted forward suffered an ankle contusion during Saturday's match against the Colorado Rapids and exited after just 57 minutes of action.

Heaps Cites ‘Missed Call’ on Critical Play

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Say what you will about Revolution coach Jay Heaps, but the man sticks to the script when it comes to his perspective on the quality of MLS refereeing.

Following Saturday's season-opening 1-0 loss at Colorado, Heaps pointed to what he believed was an incorrectly called foul on the buildup to the Rapids' breakthrough as the moment in which the scales tipped in the Rapids' favor.

Revolution v. Rapids: Injury Reports

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Delemea and Angoua are healthy ahead of the season opener.

It looks like the New England Revolution's two marquee off-season signings will be ready for First Kick.

The Revolution's most recent injury report only includes one player, as Zachary Herivaux is listed as out with a right ankle sprain.

New England Revolution

Rapids start season with shutout win over Revs

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Throughout the 2016 season, the Colorado Rapids defense proved to be the league's best en route to a shocking playoff berth. In the first match of 2017, the Rapids backline lived up to its billing, preserving a clean sheet to open the campaign.

Once again, the Rapids backline stood tall, shutting out the New England Revolution on the way to a 1-0 victory on Saturday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Know Thy Enemy: Revs-Rapids Preview With Burgundy Wave

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New England and Colorado kick off the 2017 season this afternoon, will the Rapids miss Jermaine Jones?

Ah, the first weekend of the 2017 MLS Regular Season.

The air is crisp, the wind is steady, and I don't know how the weather gods picked today in Colorado to be almost 70 degrees but we bow to your greatness.

Revolution will debut new jersey this Saturday

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The Revs will be wearing their new red and white jersey against the Rapids.

It won't take long for fans to see the New England Revolution's new red-and-white jersey in action, as the club will wear it this Saturday against the Colorado Rapids.

On Feb. 12, the Revs revealed a new secondary kit, which replaced the one inspired by the flag of New England.

Desert Diamond Cup

Rapids Lose Diamond Cup Final to Dynamo

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In a game very reminiscent of 2016 Colorado fell to Houston 2-0 in the Desert Diamond Cup final, the second time they've lost the last game of the tournament. The lineup:

MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle
The starting XI was also the finish XI as no subs were made in the 90 minutes and the team was dragging by the end.

Rapids Beat NYCFC, Qualify For Diamond Cup Final

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Yesterday was the third of the four matches we'll play in Arizona, this time against NYCFC. I didn't get to see the game so I'm basing this recap on reports from others. The starting XI:

MacMath Miller - Watts - Sjoberg - Burch Azira - Cronin Hairston - Powers - Badji Doyle
Minus the recovering Gashi and maybe Nana that looks like the opening day lineup (and if we're lucky Howard).

Desert Diamond Cup Game 2 - Including Blast From the Past

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Colorado lined up for the second of their four Desert Diamond Cup games this afternoon. I only saw the second half, but here's the lineup for kickoff:

(D) = Unsigned draftee

MacMath Miller - Ford - Sjoberg - Williams Azira - Cronin Callahan(D) - Powers - Badji Calvert
This lineup gave up a goal 19 minutes in from a corner that managed to fall uncleared in the box.

Takeaways: Revs Lose 3-1 to Rapids

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Two weeks to the day they'll open the regular season at Colorado, the Revolution dropped a 3-1 loss to the Rapids in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup preseason match at Kino Veterans Stadium in Tucson, Ariz.

Here are some Revolution-related observations from Saturday's contest:

-The regular connections in the final third during the first 60 minutes was undeniably the most positive development of Saturday's game.

First-Teamers Unable to Steer Revs to Victory

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Juan Agudelo gave the Revolution an early lead, but the Rapids were simply too much as the locals dropped a 3-1 loss in Saturday's Desert Diamond Cup clash in Tucson, Ariz.

Agudelo, who donned a clear protective mask following facial surgery last week, tallied in the 19th minute after tapping through a ball from Antonio Mlinar Delamea, who corralled a Chris Tierney corner to set up the opportunity.

Jersey Release and Desert Diamond Cup Game 1

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The big news today, as you see above, is the release of our new road/alternate jersey. This replaces the yellow flag kit we've had for the last two seasons. There's not much that has changed though, blue sleeves instead of yellow, a red C instead of the state flag on the base, and removal of some blue edging.

Revolution, Dynamo Kick Off 2017 Desert Diamond Cup in Tucson

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The Revs title defense begins tonight.

Tonight marks the beginning of the end for the Revolution, who will conclude the preseason by kicking off the FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup against the Houston Dynamo.

The Revs have enjoyed a productive preseason thus far, going unbeaten in friendlies against Minnesota United, the New York Red Bulls and Sporting KC.

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Time Is Running Out If there's To Be Another Significant Signing

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We are now 12 days from the season opener. The team seems to be coming together in Phoenix with the addition of Nana and Gashi returning from injury. There hasn't been much addition to this team from 2016 however. Two new homegrown players, Gordon who's likely to be a super-sub, and Nana along with some draftees (probably, no signings yet).

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.

Rapids Make A Resource Trade

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Today the Rapids traded an international slot for the 2017 season to NYCFC for $75K in General Allocation Money.

This is an interesting trade only in that the Rapids currently have seven international players and somewhere between 6 and 8 international slots after this trade. Its been rumored that Badji and Sjoberg are pursuing green cards (which would make them domestic players under MLS roster rules), this trade is probably a good sign that they are close to getting them.

Update On Camp Trialists

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Daniel Boniface came through with the info on the 4 trialists in camp. I was wrong in my earlier post tonight, Epstein is not one of the Academy goalkeepers. In short (see Boniface's article for the full details):

GK Cody Mizell (Charlotte, played with Atlanta and Tampa in NASL)
GK Connor Gavigan (Creighton, played in the Rapids Academy)
GK Kai Likewise (Rapids U-18 Academy team)
M Jun Marques Davidson (Charlotte, spent time in MLS with Vancouver)

The fact that we have 3 extra keepers in camp makes me wonder if there's a possible GK deal int he works for Berner or (more likely) MacMath.

Rapids Sign Adjei-Boateng From Manchester City

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The long rumored deal to bring Bismarck "Nana" Adjei-Boateng to Colorado is done. Nana was signed using TAM which means he's making DP money and/or his transfer fee puts him in the DP range but his salary cap hit is bought down to standard max salary levels. One report out of Norway has it as a 4 year deal with a team held 5th year option.

Seattle Sounders

MLS Ticker: Mears leaves Sounders for Atlanta, Dynamo adds Sanchez and more

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Tyrone Mears will be staying in MLS in 2017. He will just switching addresses from thereigning championsto an expansion club.

The Seattle Sounders and Atlanta United announced on Tuesday night that Mears was sent from the former club to the latter in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money.

D.C. United officially signs Sebastien Le Toux

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The veteran Frenchman has a new home

As we broke over the weekeend, D.C. United have officially announced tonight that they hve signed free agent attacker Sebastien Le Toux to a one year contract. Le Toux is the second free agent signed by United this offseason, with Sean Franklin deciding to return to the team.

The Rest

Revolution vs. Minnesota United: storylines to follow in week four

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Can the Loons attack thrive without Kevin Molino? That, and four other headlines to track.

The Revolution and Minnesota United have both endured a lackluster start to the 2017 season. The Loons conceded 13 goals in its first three outings, but earned a result against the Colorado Rapids, one of the league's premier clubs, last weekend.

Special bond unites USMNT's Howard with childhood coach Mulqueen

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When Tim Howard was named to the U.S. Men's National Team roster for the impending World Cup qualifiers, he placed a phone call to the man who convinced Howard at the age of 11 that he had extraordinary potential as a goalkeeper Tim Mulqueen.

While Howard may have surprised some observers, including USMNT head coach Bruce Arena, Mulqueen never doubted that his 38-year-old pupil would be physically fortified following a long term injury.

Howard returns as Rapids fall to Red Bulls

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With World Cup qualifiers looming, Tim Howard made his return for the Colorado Rapids, but the U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper's star performance wasn't enough to lift his side to a result on Saturday.

The New York Red Bulls recorded their second win of the season, beating the Rapids, 1-0, on Saturday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

Rapids Start Ahead Of 2016 Pace

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A very 2016 look brought a very 2016 result, a grinder kind of game for the 1-0 win and 3 points to start the season. Last year Colorado opened the season in San Jose and lost by that same scoreline, so we're ahead of last year's pace at this point.
General Impressions:
  • This was a very 2016 game.

New Look Defense Takes 1st Step

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Offseason signing Antonio Mlinar Delamea may have deemed his first MLS match "a bad debut," but that assessment might have been harsh all things considered.

Yes, the Slovenian international would've preferred to flip the score of Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Colorado.

All Quiet

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I know with the season starting that its usually time to ramp up Rapids coverage. So far this year though there's been nothing to talk about. No rumors, no interesting trialists, nothing.

If and/or when there's news we'll talk about it but I'm not going to just churn out posts with no real news.

What is D.C. United getting by signing Sebastien Le Toux?

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We checked in with fellow SBN sites Burgundy Wave and The Brotherly Game for more on United's newest signing

We watch a ton of MLS games, so we have a pretty good handle on what D.C. United acquired by signing Sebastien Le Toux as a free agent. The French veteran is a hard-working, tireless winger with a knack for providing dangerous crosses and a record of popping up to score important goals.