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Cronin An All-Star, Moor A LEGO Clone

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Due to injury Pablo had to name five replacements to tomorrow night's gameday roster. One of the players he picked was Sam Cronin. I'm not sure Cornin is the player that comes to mind from the Rapids that deserves to be the next All-Star, but I suppose it had to be somebody available and rested. My choices would have been Powers or Torres.

All-Star Game(s) Preview

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Just a few notes as we go into the All-Star Game festivities at DSG Park.

  • As expected Dillon Serna and Shane O'Neill were selected to play in the Chipotle Homegrown Game tomorrow night.
  • Coached by Landon Donovan I'd expect O'Neill to start but maybe not Serna. I'm sure he'll get in the game though.

Drew Moor, All-Star!

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At halftime of the beatdown the U.S.is putting on Cuba Pablo's selections for the All-Star Game roster were announced. As expected there was 1 and only 1 Rapid on it, (former) captain Drew Moor.

Lets be honest, with our play this year we probably didn't deserve to have anyone on the All-Star roster.

game review

Perfect For July!!!

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It took a dozen tries but the Rapids have finally won a game in my hometown!!! In the process they finished their first full month of perfect games since July of 2003. Its also the team's first 3 game win streak since 2011.
General impressions:
  • My question in my game preview was who had the worse surface, Microsoft or CenturyLink.

Suck It Utah!!!

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That was a long time coming. 80 minutes of continued dreck followed by the most exciting 10 minutes in about a year led to a big win and an important lead in the Rocky Mountain Cup.
General impressions:
  • Impressive tifo from C38. I liked the opening game's Viking theme better but this was well done.

Rapids Manage To Score Twice And Win!

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Amazing what happens when you commit more than one player to the attack! That looked like real professional soccer out there and it got results. A great early start, a good enough defense, and a bit of a lucky spin and the Rapids have 3 points and their 3rd win of the year.
General impressions:
  • Great start from Solignac and Sanchez.

After A Week Off, Nothing Has Changed

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I took the last week off and went on vacation to Orlando. That included seeing the Rapids play Orlando City. Kind of wish I hadn't after the performance. They repeated the performance against KC. Taken from Burgundy Wave's twitter
The bottom half of that shot was the pitiful attack in the 28th minute of the KC game.

Another Game, Another Draw

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That was bad soccer and they should feel bad about making us pay for it.
General impressions:
  • Backline of Riley - Burling - Watts - Moor. Pablo, WTF are you thinking? Only Dallas' woeful shooting saved us from a loss.
  • Moor was not the captain, Cronin was. Moor was played out of position.

Rapids B Side Outclasses Switchbacks

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The Rapids easily showed off Colorado Springs last night 4-1 and the game wasn't that close. The Rapids had a shutout until into second half stoppage time when the Springs finally broke through.

The first 25 minutes were fairly dull with the Rapids having the majority of possession but not doing much with it.

No More Excuses

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A 0-0 draw where Powers missed a PK late, Doyle didn't play, and we played the whole second half with 3 holdings mids. A debacle that actually gave us a good Rocky Mountain Cup result even as it put us further behind the playoff curve.
General impressions:
  • Powers has been co-MVP this season with Irwin but that PK was embarrassing.

Do I Really Need To Spend Time On This Game?

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That. game. sucked. I was hoping it was just because I was watching on my phone through MLS Live but if anything other fans comments make me think it was worse on a full size TV or in person. Nobody on the field looked like they gave a damn or even how to play with their teammates. The level of play and the mental breakdown to lose teh draw at the end was just inexcusable and shows how far off this team is from what the leadership claims they want.

Colorado Still Winless In Seattle

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You knew it was not going to go our way when Sjoberg was a late scratch due to a stomach bug and Watts started in his place alongside Burling. Sure enough, 15 minutes in, a poor decision by Powers and a bad deflection from Watts led to a Sounders goal and after that the Rapids were chasing the game, badly.

Major League Soccer

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

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Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season.

1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes

A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league's best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team's fifth MLS Cup.

MLS Week 20: Colorado upset and comeback for the Galaxy

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Colorado got the points in a surprise win at Seattle and the LA Galaxy came back in a big way against San Jose in MLS Week 20. Read More

Major League Soccer releases fans' Starting XI, Commissioner's picks

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With Major League Soccer's fans voting and Commissioner Don Garber adding two more picks, it's up to Colorado Rapids manager Pablo Mastroeni to make sure players that had a good first half of the season actually get rewarded.

During the half of the United States vs. Panama Gold Cup match, the Major League Soccer Fans' Starting XI was released.

MLS attendances are 12% greater than 2014 so far

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In attendances at MLS games, strong numbers are becoming routine for New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps. There was also a good turnout in Bridgeview for the Chicago Fire, while attendances for Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact have been fair.

MLS attendances are 12% greater than 2014 so far

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In attendances at MLS games, strong numbers are becoming routine for New York City FC, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps. There was also a good turnout in Bridgeview for the Chicago Fire, while attendances for Colorado Rapids, New York Red Bulls and Montreal Impact have been fair.

MLS Announces New Targeted Allocation Money

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Today the league announced a new source of funds for player acquisition and retention, Targeted Allocation Money. You can read the link for more detail but essentially this is to encourage teams to go find players with a price (salary+transfer fee) in that $500K-$1M range. Players like Torres for example.

MLS Scores: 1-0 wins to open Week 13

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Shutouts were the story on Wednesday night in MLS, with all three games ending 1-0 to open Week 13 of the 2015 season. Read More

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"Big" Move Coming?

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This is third-hand information (Bravo to sales rep to contact to me) but I got word of a rumor. On Thursday Paul Bravo was talking to the sales and marketing meeting and said that they "have a pretty big move for a great player" planned while the window is open. Apparently Bravo wouldn't say who, just that he "was very excited and proud of finalizing a deal they've been working a very, very long time on".

Greenspan In Denver and I Was Wrong

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First the news of the day. Joseph Greenspan is officially stationed in Denver for the season and will be training with the team. For him to be officially added to the roster though either somebody will need to be cut or, more likely, one of the four players (Alvarez, Berner, Calvert, Newnam) will have to be loaned there as a full-season loan with no ability to recall.

Game Preview

Rapids Face Demons In Seattle

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What's worse, Microsoft's or CLink's?
After back-to-back home wins the Rapids are in my hometown tomorrow night. Of course the land of airplanes and coffee hasn't exactly been a hospitable place for Colorado. In 11 games we have 1 draw and have been outscored 26-7. Outside of new arrivals Orlando and NYCFC, Seattle is the only MLS city we've never won in.

Weakened FSL Ripe For The Picking

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We're Long Overdue To Beat These Guys
Rocky Mountain Cup time again! After a 0-0 draw earlier this season the Cup will be decided in two games in Commerce City; tomorrow night and October 4th. A win tomorrow would really put the pressure on FSL whereas a loss of any sort would leave the Rapids with pretty much nothing to play for (the way our offense goes its hard to see us beating FSL by multiple goals in the third game) the rest of the way.

Will The Offense Find Their Fireworks?

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Rapids Need To Boom Not Bust
The second half of the season starts tonight with the annual 4th of July party in Commerce City. At least we have one of the remaining two teams we've beaten since last 4th of July as the opponent, the Whitecaps. As always a sellout plus crowd is expected for the game and as always it won't include me as I celebrate my wedding anniversary.

Final Time To See Dallas In 2015

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Hard To Choose Between This And MLS Cup
Barring a playoff matchup (yeah, right) this is our last look at Dallas this year. We've already gotten 4 points off of them in 2 games so this is a good chance to grab some more points. Its really do or die time for the Rapids now and they can't afford not to win home games, especially with this being the second of six games in an 18 day span.

Rapids Face First Intra-State Matchup To Start USOC

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For the first time ever the Rapids will play a competitive match against another Colorado-based team. The USL Colorado Springs Switchbacks make the drive up I-25 for the 4th Round U.S. Open Cup match at the Dick tomorrow at 7pm.

Its always hard to predict how these games will go. Until last year the Rapids seemed to take every opportunity to blow off this competition by playing plenty of reserves and not competing for hosting.

Time To Start Getting Our Cup Back

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I'll Be Happy To Hoist This Again
Oh yeah, its Rocky Mountain Cup time again. The Rapids make their only trip into Utah this year (barring a USOC matchup or an extremely unlikely playoff game) on Sunday to face FaKe SaLt LaKe. FSL is not having a good year and will be missing Rimando and ex-Rapid Beckerman to National Team duty so they are vulnerable.

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting Take Care of Business

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Sporting KC took care of business on Saturday night at Sporting Park against the Colorado Rapids 2-0. The win was an expected result for Kansas City against a Rapids team that currently sits at the bottom of the Western Conference and has won just twice in their last 31 league games.

Early on, KC was able to take the game to the Rapids and could have taken the lead in the fifth minute off a Benny Feilhaber corner, but Chance Myers wasn't able to direct the ball on goal, instead putting it over the net.

Match Day 16 - Maybe We'll Play Colorado this Time

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Sporting KC welcome the Colorado Rapids for the second time this season, and hopefully for the first time this season, the two teams will actually play the game. The last time these two teams were scheduled to meet, the game was canceled and scheduled to be made up at the end of the season. The forecast for this weekend's match up looks better and the two teams should actually take the field this time.

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Portland Timbers player evaluations vs. Colorado Rapids first match

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We have complete player evaulations from the Portland Timbers dramatic 2 to 1 comeback win over the Colorado Rapids on the road. We have marks for every Portland Timbers player that appeared in the match, plus marks for the opponent, officials and coaches.

Wild finish with late Jewsbury goal gives Portland Timbers first ever win in Colorado versus Rapids

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With both the Portland Timbers and Colorado Rapids playing midweek matches before their fixture, you could expect some sluggish efforts. While it started out slow, the Timbers got going first with a first half goal from Gaston Fernandez in the 38th minute. While Colorado nearly stole points with a Sam Cronin goal just before stoppage, Jack Jewsbury rescued the Timbers with a goal late in stoppage to give the Timbers a 2 to 1 win in dramatic fashion.

The Rest

2015 Rapids Player Salaries

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With the final approval of the CBa yesterday the Union released the player salaries.

Alvarez Carlos 70,000.00 70,000.00
Badji Dominique 50,000.

Rocky Mountain Cup Stats

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I used to keep these stats for the Rocky Mountain Cup website but since its no longer operating I thought I'd post them here.

Records
Overall (W-D-L)Real lead 12-10-11, 38 GF, 32 GA Games in ColoradoRapids lead, 8-5-3, 21 GF, 14 GA Games in UtahReal lead 9-5-3, 24 GF, 11 GA Margin of Victory, Real4Real 5 : 1 Rapids, 2014-09-19 Margin of Victory, Rapids2Rapids 2 : 0 Real, 4 times; Rapids 3 : 1 Real 2015-07-11
Scoring, Career
Total Goals, combined6Saborio Goals, Real6Saborio Goals, Rapids3Casey, Cummings Assists, combined4Morales Assists, Real4Morales Assists, Rapids3Cooke
Scoring, Single Season
Goals, Real3Cunningham (2006), Morales (2014) Goals, Rapids2Ben Dayan (2005), Hernandez (2006), D.

CJ Sapong nominated for Etihad Player of the Month

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After a difficult start to the season, Philadelphia Union striker CJ Sapong is redeeming himself on the pitch.

It's not been an easy season for CJ Sapong. In the first game of the season against the Colorado Rapids, the tall, lanky forward was upended by Bobby Burling toward the end of the first half, resulting in a concussion and a zygomatic fracture - he literally broke his face.

Rapids @ Houston In USOC

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The USOC draw just happened. As expected the Rapids were in a pod with KC, Dallas, and Houston. We got drawn 4th, which means we're the road team for both rounds. First we're at Houston then if we win we'll be at the Dallas/KC winner.

Time For A Change

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It is time for a change in coaching in Commerce City. Pablo isn't getting the job done. Some numbers for you:

  • MLS-tying winless streak (18 games)
  • Worst single season run of form in league history (2 pts in 14 games)
  • 2nd worst run of form in 28 games (2 wins)
  • League-record worst home winless streak (11 games)
  • Worst loss in team history, third worst in league history (6-0 @LA)
  • Worst Rocky Mountain Cup loss in series history (5-1 @FSL)
  • Worst scoreless streak in team history, third worst in league history (601 minutes)
That's just the "highlights" of course, there are may other numbers that could be mined out.

D.C. United 2016 Jersey Hint in June? Maybe...

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Some speculation gets realized perhaps?

Via Ryan Brister of Empire of Soccer (give him a follow @ThroughBalls), apparently the 2016 Adidas MLS gear catalog is out in the wild, and well, that sure looks like "Taxation Without Representation" on the neck tape (right column, second down, below the Colorado Rapids), doesn't it?

¡Pappa Maravilla! Sounders domina a Colorado y son los líderes de la MLS

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SEATTLE SOUNDERS 1 0 COLORADO RAPIDS Pappa 16´ Con Obafemi MARTINS de vuelta, se pensó que junto a Clint DEMPSEY la magia volvería a surgir en el CenturyLink Field luego del insípido empate a cero hace cuatro dias contra Sporting Kansas City. Pero el duo mas dañino de la MLS acalló esta noche y [.