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Colorado Rapids projected lineup to face D.C. United

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With Pablo Mastroeni no longer in charge, we're not sure what to expect from the Rapids

Predicting a team's lineup is sometimes very easy, but with the Colorado Rapids in recent seasons, it's been tricky. Pablo Mastroeni's willingness to replace one player with another or put a square peg in a round hole meant a lot of the normal logic went out the window.

D.C. United versus Colorado Rapids lineup: How many of the new guys will start?

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The new players will get a chance to show their stuff

D.C. United are traveling to Colorado this weekend to take on the Rapids, and this even though it is a road game this could be a great chance to get a win: a similarly bad team that just fired its coach and hasn't made the same kind of midseason moves that United has.

Paul Arriola’s debut for D.C. United, and taking on the Colorado Rapids: Filibuster

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Without Adam to corral us, prepare for madness

Adam is on assignment somewhere west of here, so that means that there is no one to prevent Ben and Jason from embarking on a longer than average podcast! We first talk about the rainy affair that was D.C. United's loss to Real Salt Lake, and we open with how it just wasn't good enough; it was just adequate, and in MLS that just doesn't cut it.

Major League Soccer

Colorado Rapids finally move on from Pablo Mastroeni

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Pablo Mastoreni didn’t set out to be a manager.

It was the winter of 2013. FC Dallas was looking for a coach, and the then-Colorado Rapids manager Oscar Pareja - who had spent fourteen years in Dallas before moving to Colorado - wanted the job.

Colorado Rapids finally move on from Pablo Mastroeni

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Pablo Mastoreni didn’t set out to be a manager.

It was the winter of 2013. FC Dallas was looking for a coach, and the then-Colorado Rapids manager Oscar Pareja - who had spent fourteen years in Dallas before moving to Colorado - wanted the job.

The Union's hope for the future, Colorado changes course, and Champions League results: Brotherly Game Daily Links 8/16/17

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More links than Merion Golf Club.

Philadelphia Union News

What an end of season clear-out will mean for the Union's salary cap situation
The Philadelphia Union could clear up as much as $4.46 million in guaranteed compensation (although it will probably be much less).

Report: Pablo Mastroeni out as Rapids head coach

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Pablo Mastroeni has reportedly been fired by the Colorado Rapids, according to the Denver Post.

The fourth-year head coach, who guided the Rapids to second place in the Western Conference in 2016, has struggled to get his team going in 2017, as they sit in 10th place in the West with 22 points.

Around The Forest: Portland Timbers struggling with defensive issues

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The MLS transfer window closes, DC United the busiest team in MLS and more transfer news!


Portland Timbers have struggled to find consistency on backline this season due to injuries |
Portland Timbers coach Caleb Porter started his preferred center back pairing in Liam Ridgewell and Larrys Mabiala for the first time this season in Portland's 3-1 win over the LA Galaxy last week.

Whitecaps fight back to earn draw at Rapids

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It's like the old saying goes: it's not how you start a match; it's how you finish.

The Vancouver Whitecaps used that saying to the fullest on Saturday evening, earning a point in a 2-2 draw against the Colorado Rapids at Dick's Sporting Goods Park.

Odds and Ends As the Transfer Window Starts To Close

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A few pieces of news from this week.
  • The biggest is that MacMath had knee surgery on Monday and will miss 4-6 weeks. We play in LA in just over 4 weeks the same weekend that World Cup Qualifying resumes. There's a pretty good chance that Howard will be with the Nats and MacMath won't be available, so we'll get a look at John Berner (presumably).

Nick Lima's world-class strike powers Quakes over struggling Rapids

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If you haven't heard of Nick Lima yet, you might want to the check out the San Jose Earthquakes 22-year-old rookie fullback.

Lima was the difference in the Quakes 1-0 victory over the winless-on-the-road Colorado Rapids at Avaya Stadium on Saturday night.

For the Quakes, Anibal Godoy and Jahmir Hyka's absences didn't effect the team from the get-go, as for the Rapids, missing two of its three designated players in Shkëlzen Gashi and Tim Howard signaled a troubling night.

MLS Ticker: Timbers sign Bill Tuiloma, Rapids name Padraig Smith interim GM, and more

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The Portland Timbers are adding another reinforcement to their defensive midfield for this season.

On Monday, theTimbers signed defensive midfielder and centerback Bill Tuiloma through the remainder of the 2017 season with an option to keep Tuiloma in Portland after that.Tuiloma, 22, comes to the Timbers by way of Olympique de Marseille, where the Kiwi international has been in the development system since 2013.

Badji salvages point for Rapids, snaps Toronto FC's home winning streak

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TORONTO – For the first time all year, the Colorado Rapids have earned a point away from home, and they did so in the unlikeliest of settings.

Dominique Badji's goal in the 76th minute secured a 1-1 draw for the Rapids with Toronto FC on Saturday at BMO Field, snapping Toronto's seven-match winning streak at home.

The 2017 MLS All-Star team

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MLS announced the full roster for the 2017 MLS All-Star game. The league previously announced the starting lineup, determined by a fan vote. The rest of the squad comes from Chicago Fire coach Veljko Paunovic and two picks from MLS commissioner Don Garber. The commissioner used those picks on two USMNT players who showed well during the Gold Cup group stage.

The MLS response to soccer analytics

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By Clemente Lisi – PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The Gold Cup break gives MLS teams a mid-season breather. For some, it couldn't come at a better time. The season still has enough left in it to turn things around. It's likely that trying to figure out how to win games will include the use of analytics and data to help the front office and coaches come to some conclusions.

The Window Is Open

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As of this morning the summer transfer window for MLS has opened. It will stay open for just over 4 weeks (through Aug. 9th). This is the last opportunity this season for the Rapids to add international players or make trades with in the league and the team desperately needs to add talent.

Let's break the team down by position and see where they need to add talent and, possibly, where they can afford to give up talent (or lack of talent).

MLS Midweek Rewind: Week 18

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It was a busy period of holiday action as Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday all featured midweek matches.

Josef Martinez's two second-half goals earned Atlanta United a 4-2 victory over the 10-man San Jose Earthquakes.

Steve Cooke

Pablo Removed

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Interim head coach Steve Cooke
Well I can't say I saw this coming. About 7 hours ago the Rapids announced Pablo Mastroeni has been removed as head coach. Assistant coach Steve Cooke will be the interim head coach with Chris Sharpe and Conor Casey staying in their current assistant coach roles.

Some Soccer News for Aug 15, 2017

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It's Day 227 of 2017.

Pablo Mastroeni has been fired as head coach of the Colorado Rapids. By John Meyer for the Denver Post.
  • He was #3 on du Nord Futbol's MLS Coaches Hot Seat for Aug 3, 2017.
  • Current Rapids assistant Steve Cooke named interim.


US Open Cup


Game Preview

Rapids Start Building For 2018 In Dallas

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No, referencing this is never going to get old
With Colorado all but mathematically eliminated for 2017 its time to start looking at 2018. I'm sure the roster we see tomorrow night won't reflect that fact yet but truthfully, its where we are. Luis Gil is in Dallas and is available for selection.

River Versus Ocean In The High Plains

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Where the river meets the sea
Rapids - a rough section of a river or stream which is difficult to navigate due to the swift and turbulent motion of the water
Whitecaps - Ocean surface waves, which create "whitecaps" of bubbles and streaks on their breaking crests

So of course these two teams will meet on the high plains of Commerce City tonight.


Two Loans This Week

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The Rapids have loaned out two players this week, Sam Hamilton to Drogba's Phoenix Rising and Castillo to Charlotte. That last frees up the international spot we need to add Aigner who returned to town today and will start training with the team when they return from Dallas.

Still no word on the status of Juan Ramirez who is no longer on loan but we don't have an international spot to put him on our roster again.

Rapids Power Down In The Transfer WIndow

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Well, that was anti-climatic. After multiple published statements about improving the team in this window we got a new German winger who hasn't even started training with the team yet and at essentially literately at the deadline last night we swapped unwanted players with Orlando. We'll start with last night's trade then look at the (lack of) activity int he window as a whole.

Sjoberg Re-Signed, More On Aigner

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Our second piece of good news in as many days as the team announced that Axel Sjoberg has signed a new deal that will keep him at the club at least through 2020 with a club option for 2021. This is a great building block for the next few years with the only possible concern being that Sjoberg seems a bit injury-prone.

The Front Office Apparently Took A Gold Cup Vacation

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We are now 11 days into the 31 day summer transfer window. So far the only thing approaching a valid rumor was a brief blip around Michael Carrick last night which the Front Office dispelled this morning by saying there have been no discussions with him. Squashing that story is the ONLY thing we've heard out of the front office in regards to player movement during the transfer window.

Seattle Sounders

Clint Dempsey reportedly added to USMNT’s Gold Cup roster

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Dempsey one of five veterans who will join for the knockout stage.

Just as Clint Dempsey was finding his form for the Seattle Sounders, he'll be called away for the knockout stages of the Gold Cup, according to a report in The formal announcement is expected to come later Saturday with Dempsey one of the five veteran USMNT players called in.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Community player ratings form

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The Sounders earned a crucial away win, so let's rate the players.

It was the Will Bruin and Clint Dempsey show in Colorado, and the Seattle Sounders defense did a great job of keeping things locked up in the back, with one exception that led to a goal for the Rapids.

What did you think of the performance of the team that had to persevere through losing both Chad Marshall and Osvaldo Alonso to injury in the first half?

National anthem has increased meaning for new US citizen Stefan Frei

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The "importance and weight of it [the anthem] shouldn't get lost."

A few weeks ago Stefan Frei swore an oath to become an American citizen. Tuesday's match against the Colorado Rapids was Frei's first time hearing his own National anthem on the Fourth of July, prior to a match.

For the Seattle Sounders keeper it was something special.

Seattle Sounders vs. Colorado Rapids: Highlights, stats and quotes

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"The three points are a big push for us, I'm not going to complain about it. But I think more than the three points, it's the emotion, the attitude in there." -Brian Schmetzer

The Seattle Sounders put themselves in a position against the Colorado Rapids that has been rare for them this season: Playing with the lead for nearly the entire match after an early tally.

Clint Dempsey

Clint Dempsey scores twice as Sounders down Rapids

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The second-leading scorer in U.S. Men's National Team history had himself quite the Independence Day.

Clint Dempsey scored the opener, assisted on the winner, and put the insurance goal in as a rest Seattle Sounders team waltzed into Dick's Sporting Goods Park and took down a tired Colorado Rapids side by a 3-1 score.

Rapids vs. Sounders, recap: Clint Dempsey scores Deuce

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Beaten and battered, Sounders may have gotten the season-defining win they've been looking for.

In a match where they started with just 16 available players and lost their two best defenders to injury inside 22 minutes, the Seattle Sounders somehow managed to score what could turn out to be a season-defining win.

The Rest

Mastroeni out at Colorado, Brooks out for three months

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Wednesday's soccer news starts with the Colorado Rapids using that unfortunate MLS euphemism that means they've fired the coach. The Rapids "parted ways" with Pablo Mastroeni, drawing a line underneath a poor record this season and a previous regime no longer running the show in Commerce City.

"We would like to thank Pablo for his contributions to this organization, both as a player and as head coach," said Rapids Sporting Director and Interim General Manager, Pádraig Smith.

VAR overturns goal as FC Dallas settles for tie with Rapids

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Following two lopsided losses, FC Dallas was in need of a bounceback result. The good news? The Western Conference contender kept a clean sheet. The bad? They couldn't find a goal of their own either thanks to a Video Assistant Referee decision.

FC Dallas played the Colorado Rapids to a 0-0 draw on Saturday at Toyota Stadium.

Last Spark Of Playoff Hope Crushed

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I felt the season was pretty much over before this weekend, but dropping 2 points to the team you're trying to catch really shuts the door on the playoffs. BigSoccer has even done the math, for at least the last 10 years anyone who gets this far behind has failed to make the postseason.

The game was really a tale of two strategies for the Rapids, one that worked and got us the lead, and one that failed and lot us the lead.

Late Kortne Ford header earns MLS Homegrowns tie with Chivas U-20s

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It took until the last possible minute, but an unlikely goalscorer did just enough to lead the MLS Homegrowns to a draw in Tuesday's annual showcase.

Kortne Ford scored a stoppage-time equalizer to earn the MLS Homegrown side a 2-2 draw with Chivas de Guadalajara Under-20sin the 2017 MLS Homegrown Game.

Thanks Omar!

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On Sunday Omar Cummings announced that FC Cincinnati's friendly against Valencia CF last night would be his final game as a professional. He will immediately transition to teh front office working with Cinci's youth club.

Omar was one half of the C+C Goal Factory that combined for 89 goals for the Rapids between 2007 and 2012 (39 for Omar, 50 for Casey) and was one of the starters for the Rapids in MLS Cup 2010.

Sounders friendly vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: News, highlights, analysis

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As MLS heads into the Gold Cup break, the Sounders are taking the opportunity to entertain fans and give younger players a chance against a top club with a friendly match against Eintracht Frankfurt this weekend.

Seattle are missing a handful of players to the Gold Cup, most notably Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting XI against the Montreal Impact

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With international call-ups and a short turnaround from last week, who do you want to see in your starting XI against the Montreal Impact?

Another midweek game, yay! The Dynamo won't have much time to lick their wounds following their 1-3 defeat to the Colorado Rapids last Saturday as the first road win of the season still seems out of reach.